Google Maps will also include comprehensive street maps in the forthcoming months, beginning with cities like London, New York, and San Francisco.
Google Maps is wheeling out visual developments that intend to better reflect on real environments in the maps. Google is launching a color-mapping algorithmic approach for Maps, through which the Google Maps users will be able to quickly understand what an area actually looks like and envision it.
This upgrade will also enable users to understand, at first sight, how green and exuberant a location is, by seeing its vegetation, and even be capable of notice things like snow caps on mountain tops.
In a blog post, Google mentioned that it would make use of computer vision to recognize natural features from its satellite imagery, looking particularly at mountainous, forested, arid, icy, and regions. It will then examine these features and allocate them by different colors on the HSV color model. For instance, a thickly covered forest can be categorized as dark green, while a region of patchy shrubs would be visible as a lighter shade of green, clarified Google.
“Exploring a place gives you a look at its natural features—so you can easily distinguish tan, arid beaches and deserts from blue lakes, rivers, oceans, and ravines,” stated Google, adding that these latest developments would help users who are planning a visit to the location, or even exploring virtually.
Google even stated that this upgrade marks Google Maps as a platform with one of the most extensive views of natural features. This upgrade would be at one’s disposal in all of the 220 countries and territories backed by Google Maps. Covering all of the biggest metropolitan areas to the smallest, rural towns, it will be fitting to all areas.
Iceland’s landscape, for instance, will be simpler to envision. In accordance with the images shared by Google, the differing densities of greenery across Iceland are much more distinguished in the update, and it is quicker to point the ice caps.
Google also stated that it would be wheeling out in-depth street maps in the forthcoming months that would even let users see extremely elaborate street information of the width and shape of the road. Users will also be capable to view the precise location of sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands that makes for essential information if users will be using a wheelchair or stroller. Google even stated that these minute details would be especially helpful in this time, during the global pandemic; there has been a rise in the number of people opting to walk or use solitary modes of transportation. This will primarily only be available in London, New York, and San Francisco, yet will later extend to other cities as well.