Google today, expanded its 3D coverage of the California Bay Area (which also happens to be the homebase of Google's headquarters!).
"With Google Earth's "3D Buildings" layer turned on (or by using the Earth View in Google Maps), you're now able to tour tens of thousands of new buildings in the 50-mile stretch between San Francisco and San Jose, as well as select areas of the East Bay, like Oakland and Berkeley. You can now fly through the air and view urban centers of cities like Foster City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Sunnyvale, in 3D," Google said.
You can check out an expanded tour, or you can open up Earth and explore for yourself. As you go on your virtual tour, you may notice that several buildings were created by users, who continue to be an integral part of Google's 3D building efforts.
If you'd like to get involved in modeling, with Google Building Maker, you can create and contribute a building in as little as 10 minutes. And if you'd like to refine your building, bring it into Google SketchUp for fine-tuning.
[tags]3d buildings,california,bay area[/tags]