INTRO: Google Maps is getting an update that the corporate says will bring new visual improvements, offering “even more details and granularity” and making it easier to know what a neighborhood seems like . consistent with Google, the incoming update incorporates a replacement color-mapping algorithm which will translate high-definition satellite imagery into more colorful, vibrant maps.
“Exploring an area gives you a glance at its natural features – so you’ll easily distinguish arid beaches and deserts from blue lakes, rivers, oceans and ravines. you’ll know at a look how lush and green an area is with vegetation, and even see if there are snow caps on the peaks of mountaintops”, Google said on its official blog.
The company says it used computer vision to spot natural features from satellite imagery before assigning them a variety of colors on the HSV color model. “For example, a densely covered forest is often classified as dark green, while a neighborhood of patchy shrubs could appear as a lighter shade of green”, said Google.
The company further claims that Google Maps now has one among the foremost comprehensive views of natural features on any major map app. The New Look is out there for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, covering 100 million square kilometers of land. The updated map with more vibrant visuals is visible across all areas, from big cities to small rural towns.
Upcoming Features In Google Maps
Google also says that Maps will soon bring highly detailed street information that shows the accurate shape and width of a road to scale. “You also can see exactly where sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands are located–crucial information if you’ve got accessibility needs, like wheelchair or stroller requirements”, the corporate said. The detailed street maps will start rolling call at London, NY, and San Francisco within the coming months before expanding to more cities within the future.