The new version of Google Maps is designed to make it easier to distinguish the natural elements of the environment.
Google Maps is about to undergo a major overhaul. No new features this time, but a significant improvement in the presentation of maps. They become much richer, more detailed and make natural landscapes more identifiable. We are closer to a visual representation in Google Earth that relies on satellite images.
The new version of Google Maps is designed to make it easier to distinguish the natural elements of the environment. The maps are less flat and focus on landscapes such as mountain ranges, ice caps, deserts, beaches or dense forests. Google relies on new algorithmic techniques for coloring maps based on satellite imagery. The end result is much more realistic.
Once is not customary. After a slew of purely functional updates such as the display of a speedometer, speed limits on roads or new options for public transport, Google is focusing this time on a better representation of maps.
Google Maps: Maps are becoming more realistic around the world
These new maps will be available in the 220 countries and territories currently supported by Google Maps. "From the largest metropolitan areas to small rural towns," users will be able to access a more realistic presentation of the environment.
Google says that in some cities, street maps will also be more detailed with information on the location of sidewalks and crosswalks, for example. The precise shape and width of roads will also be shown to give a better idea of the scale of the lanes compared to the rest of the environment.
These features will initially be available in London, New York and San Francisco. Google promises they will be rolled out in more cities in the coming months. As for the new, more detailed maps, they will be available worldwide starting this week.