Google Announces High Resolution Images for Touristic Landmarks in Google Maps
Google just announced a refresh of its aerial and satellite imagery services for many points of interest all over the world. The search engine giant also released some new 45 degree imagery too, signalling the progress made by the Google Maps and Earth teams.
45 degree imagery is available in Google Maps for 37 US and 14 international locations, with examples from Pista, Ialy and Winnipeg, Canada being available right now. One of the most famous landmarks shown now in 3D is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with its unique inclination. Google Maps and Earth has been updated for 17 cities and 112 countries/regions and the image above is a pentagon shaped Citadel of Lille, in France. This was built in 1668 and designed by a great military engineer, Sebastien Le Pestre de Vauban.
Below you can also see some aerial imagery taken at the Texas State Capitol and adjoining grounds in Austrin, Texas. I’m not surprised by this move, seeing how the 3D Flyover features of the Apple Maps gave us a very good and 3D look on monuments and Google had to compete with it.