Google Maps: Traffic Conditions in Norway, NZ, and HK; Map Maker Now in France, Monaco; Enhances 3D Landmarks; Poland and Thailand Now on Street View

Google Street View cars begin driving, 65 of the Thailand's 77 provinces experienced heavy flooding -- resulting in one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises in the country's long history."After six short months, it is with great pleasure that imagery of greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket is now available on Google Maps. The […]

Google Street View cars begin driving, 65 of the Thailand's 77 provinces experienced heavy flooding -- resulting in one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises in the country's long history.

"After six short months, it is with great pleasure that imagery of greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket is now available on Google Maps. The 360-degree imagery in Google Maps provides an immersive sense of what this spot is like in ways that a single, still photo wouldn't be able to encompass. For example, scroll around the panorama and you'll see Bangkok's bustling roads littered with brightly-painted tuk tuk auto rickshaws and hot pink taxis cruising down the streets," blogged Google.

Below you can see Bangkok's Grand Palace, one of Thailand's great national treasures.

Laem Phrom Thep, Phuket:

Also, Poland and Ukraine just became available via the Street View feature in Google Maps.

To view other collections around the globe, including the Amazon, you can visit new Street View gallery here.

Google Maps also has significantly enhanced the quality of more than a thousand 3D landmarks around the world, making it easier to compare the digital map to the physical landscape.

"By combining 3D buildings with other Google Maps features like Street View and driving directions, you'll have the most advanced "tourist map" on the planet," Google said. This will be available soon on Google MapsGL as well.

3D model for Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy: Before / After

Here's a Petronas Towers:

Google on March 21, dedicated as "World Forest Day," made available through the Street View feature on Google Maps the beauty and diversity of the Amazon.

"This project was made possible in partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the local nonprofit conservation organization that invited us to the area. We used the Street View trike and a tripod camera with a fisheye lens--typically used to capture imagery of business interiors--to capture both the natural landscape and the local communities. In all, more than 50,000 still photos were stitched together to create these immersive, 360-degree panoramic views," Google said.

Here is Tributary of the Rio Negro:

Google expanded live traffic coverage to Norway, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.

To do so, simply go to maps.google.com and click on the traffic layer in the widget you can find on the upper right hand side of the screen.

This useful traffic information is also available on Google Maps for Mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation.

Google Mobile Traffic View in Norway,Hong Kong, and New Zealand

Google Map Maker is now avialble for France and Monaco, to help you add your favorite places to the map. "Once approved your contributions will appear on Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Maps for mobile for all the world to see."