The Bing Maps World Tour application is updated today and it now showcases 153 locations where Bing Maps features new outstanding high-resolution aerial imagery that is being captured and published as part of Bing Maps Global Ortho imagery program, informs Bing Maps team.
"Using the application, you can view the new aerial imagery through an automated "slide show" mode or explore the locations manually. The imagery is from a special collection referred to as "Geoart" for its unusual, compelling and artistic quality."
What is the Global Ortho program? "Launched in April this year, this program is an ambitious mapping project that aims to provide the Bing Maps platform and consumer web site with 30cm (1 foot) aerial blanket coverage of (initially) the continental United States and Western Europe. A challenge for consumers and enterprise organizations using web mapping services has been that much of the imagery featured there has historically been a patchwork of satellite and aerial imagery of different vintage, quality, clarity and detail. The experience for users of these services has been inconsistent at best, varying by location: while you might expect to find higher resolution aerial images of 15-30cm (meaning that each screen pixel equals 6-12 inches on the ground) over key urban locations, a search in a more rural or remote location would likely yield satellite views of at best half that accuracy and detail. The two below screen captures of Denver and Johnstown, Colorado--locations just 50 miles apart--demonstrate this point."
Check out the video with interviews of key members of the BITs team and lots of stunning examples of the imagery being collected!
Also, check out the Bing Maps World Tour application to see more of this stunning imagery.