What's New with Google Maps?
Google added some colors and visual details to easily determine the environmental features in the map, including the mountains, oceans, deserts, snowy mountain peaks, and even forests.
To make it possible, the tech giant uses satellite imagery to create details and a “new color-mapping algorithmic technique” to add colors and shadings in areas of the map.
Iceland on previous Google Maps
Iceland in Google Maps with the new interface
The visual upgrade of Google's navigation software will be available in 220 countries worldwide within this week, as stated in its product manager’s blog post.
As Sujoy Banerjee wrote, “Google Maps has high-definition satellite imagery for over 98 percent of the world’s population.”
He further explains that “with a new color-mapping algorithmic technique, we’re able to take this imagery and translate it into an even more comprehensive, vibrant map of an area at a global scale.”
The new Google Maps does not just focus on the bigger view of the map but also “from the biggest metropolitan areas to small, rural towns.” It means that even the streets in the Maps will get its upgrade and will be added more accuracy on it.
Image courtesy: Google (Detailed streets in Google maps)
As per Google’s statement, larger cities will have significant upgrades that will enable crossings, pedestrian islands, and sidewalks for users' to clearly distinguish which is which.
The street upgrade will be available soon in New York, San Francisco, and London. It aims to help people navigate in most streets, especially those who are in wheelchairs.
“These details are particularly helpful as more people are opting to walk or take other forms of solo transportation due to the pandemic,” Google wrote.
Google is not the only one who had the idea of creating a much more detailed and precise map as Apple already launched an update for its navigation app. The iPhone maker made the natural features distinguishable from one another, similar to Google.