Google Maps Now with More Detailed 'Names, Locations, Ferry Routes, Local Roads' in Parts of Europe, Africa and Asia - Hawkes Eye View in Google Earth - Apply to 2012 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants

Google earlier this said that there mission is to provide the most complete and authoritative maps to everyone, and the company since then, constantly making improvements to Google Maps -- today Google launched updated maps of Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore and Vatican City to do just that. […]

Google earlier this said that there mission is to provide the most complete and authoritative maps to everyone, and the company since then, constantly making improvements to Google Maps -- today Google launched updated maps of Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore and Vatican City to do just that.

"Our new maps are more detailed and precise. For example, in Ireland we now have excellent coverage of National Heritage Areas, as well as more detailed coastlines and bodies of water," Google wrote.

In addition, Google added more accurate names and locations for major points of interest, such as airports, universities and public squares.

Also added today is better and more clearly labelled ferry routes in many places, such as the area below surrounding Naples, Italy--to help you easily find the ferry routes and you can even use Maps to get transit-based directions for ferries. "We take into account ferry timetables to route you over water just easily as you might follow our driving directions over land," Google said.

Google also announced that "local roads on these maps are now more accurately distinguished from highways, and multi-lingual names are available for a larger proportion of roads in many of the updated countries --that now give you better visual feel of the location, as well as easier navigation."

Also, the "Report a problem" tool is now available in each of these countries as well.

Finally, Google also released the maps of the countries listed above, plus Egypt, Poland and Ukraine, "available offline in Google Maps for Android."

More Detailed Google Maps Launches in parts of Europe, Asia

Google London and British aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, who uses Earth to put together virtual flight plans for his trips - collaborate and created a KML file showcasing some of his most beautiful images, by capturing a "Hawkes eye view" of locations all around the world.

Google Earth Hawkes Eye of London Imagery - Great Sphinx at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

All you have to do is -- simply, "open the KML in Google Earth, and you'll feel like you've taken a seat right next to him as he flies over the United Kingdom, New York, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Budapest and Minorca," Google explains.

Note: when viewing the KML in Google Earth, make sure the "3D Buildings" layer is enabled in the left hand panel to enjoy a 3D experience of famous buildings.

Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants support the technical development of maps and enable nonprofits to implement cutting-edge mapping technology to make an impact on the world.

The 2012 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants program was announced at Google I/O. Google is calling orgranization to apply for the program, as "the deadline to apply with initial project proposal is August 1, 2012 at 11:59pm PST."

Over the past few months, "we've seen more nonprofits making use of tools like Google Maps Engine and developing applications on Android devices. We expect to see project proposals with innovative ideas that address the world's most pressing problems in the areas of the environment, humanitarian issues, disaster preparedness, at both the local and global level," posted Tanya Birch, Google Earth Outreach team.

You can learn more about Visit the to learn more about this year's Developer Grants program, and your organization's eligible country at the Google Earth Outreach website.