Google Maps Street View, which was launhced in 2007 with five U.S. cities to give a "feet on the ground" experience, has since been growing and today the program added its 50th countries with the launch in Hungary and Lesotho.
In addition, Google also significantly expanding coverage in Poland and Romania, among other locations around the world.
"This is also the largest single update of Street View imagery we've ever pushed, including new and updated imagery for nearly 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries," Google stated.
Adding, Google notes, it has added new special collections of a host of picturesque spots--using Street View Trike technology -- that include Portugal's Pena National Palace, or the Sha Tin Che Kung Temple in Hong Kong or the Kilkenny Castle in Ireland.
In other releated news, Google Earth Pro version 7.1 releases today that lets you visualize, analyze and share 3D map data and imagery.
Using Earth Pro, you can make smart decisions about a location without physically being there. For example, a construction company could calculate the site area and slope of a potential property using Earth Pro's advanced measurement tools.
version 7.1 of Earth Pro offers two new capabilities:
- "Map-Making: Create legends and scales and add titles to a map, directly from Google Earth Pro. You can also print your customized map or save it as an image. To conduct an environmental survey, for example, enhanced map-making tools let you highlight changes to land mass over time and document those changes directly in the map by adding a legend.
- Viewshed: Identify and calculate viewpoints, measuring distances and visualizing potential views. For example, an architecture firm could use the viewshed tool to measure a view from a building or window without being physically on-site," explains Google.
Google is also offering Earth Pro 7.1 for $199 until before 9:00 am PDT April 23, 2013 (Promo code: EARTHDAY199).
Update 04/25: Google Maps publishing more comprehensive and accurate maps for Thailand and Indonesia as part of a project called "Ground Truth."
The project that began in 2008, use 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 help create a map that mirrors the real world as closely as possible.
In addition, Google has also added other kinds of new information to the map, including improved local-language labels and detailed coverage for prominent places like universities and hospitals.
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