Google Unveils New 3D Mapping Features, Also Talks Android & iOS Feature Support

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Jumping ahead of the gun, today Google announced new map support, with the biggest change being 3D. According to their blog, Google “will begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices. This is possible thanks to a combination of our new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision that let us automatically create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial imagery. By the end of the year we aim to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people.”

Additionally, Brian McClendon, Vice President of Engineering for Google Maps in so many words stated that he wanted to bring all of the features found in Maps (perhaps Android) to iOS and other competing platforms. We’re just wondering how that will play out.

For more information, check out the source link below, as well as the 3D video. Be sure to leave a comment on what you think of this.

Source [Google]

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