Google Maps, which is used by more than a billion people each month just released an update to its maps for 10 countries and regions in Europe: Andorra, Bulgaria, Estonia, Gibraltar, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
These new maps will appear immediately on all Google Maps API sites, with no code changes required.
"Today's update is part of a project called "Ground Truth," that began in 2008 and is now available in a total of 40 countries worldwide," google wrote. To see the progress, check the infographic embedded under this post.
Google notes that through Ground Truth initiative, "they acquire high-quality map data from authoritative sources around the world and then apply a mix of advanced algorithms, supplemental data (including satellite, aerial and Street View imagery), and human input to create a map that corresponds as closely as possible to the real-world facts that you'd find if you were to visit that location."
In addition to roads and highways, Google also integrates its Maps with information such as walking paths, ferry lines, building outlines, park boundaries, university campuses and more.
Google further writes, that over 800,000 web sites use the Google Maps API to create compelling location-rich applications, including travel guides, real estate portals, engaging data visualizations, and many more.
In addition to updating map data, Google also enabled the "Report a problem" tool in the API for each of the 40+ countries where this tool is available on the consumer version of Google Maps. Through this tool, "any visitor to a Google Maps API V3 site can now submit corrections and feedback directly to Google, just as they might on maps.google.com (in the lower right corner of the map)," google said.