The biggest update to Google Maps in recent years

Google has introduced the largest update to Google Maps in the past few years. It is entirely dedicated to accuracy, so now the usual map fragments will look more detailed and easy to understand. To do this, Google has used a completely new color distribution technique that allows you to take the familiar satellite images that underlie Google Maps and turn them into what Google calls a comprehensive and detailed map.


Google Maps received the largest update in several years


Google Maps Update


In fact, the new method of forming Google Maps is really based on the changed coloring of map fragments. Google began to use noticeably more colors, shades, and shadows in rendering, using computer vision technology, which selects a more accurate color scheme in accordance with data from satellites. The output is, unlike a more detailed result, which allows you to better examine the natural area. If earlier non-residential areas were painted over in one color, now a wide palette is used. 


Left - how it was, right - how it became


Thanks to a wide palette of colors users will be able to see in detail.


Detail in Google Maps


On the left - as it is now, on the right - as it will be

The update came out so large that Google decided to split it into two parts. Today we were presented with the first, but in the near future, it is planned to release the second. It will focus on improving the detail of the urban environment. Google promises to improve the accuracy of recognition of buildings, streets, roads, and highways, as well as to work out more detailed pedestrian routes. The company does not specify the exact timing of the release of the second part of the update, specifying only that it does not plan to delay its release.



The update, which increases the detail of Google Maps, affects all 220 countries where maps work. This is a really large-scale update, which Apple, implementing innovations in Apple Maps, never dreamed of. If one or two countries are added to Cupertino every 3-4 months, then Google did not waste time on small things and dumped the entire upgrade at once. Well, you need to consider the scale of the companies. It is obvious that the search giant has much more opportunities and tools to improve its maps, which has been developing for 10 years, while Apple is just beginning its journey.


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