Bing Maps update adds new aerial views, more searchable venues, and a new “Report a problem” feature.
In this release, Bing Maps added nearly 270 terabytes worth of new “bird’s eye” aerial imagery from around the world. (That’s enough to fill about 100,000 DVDs.)
To date Bing has published a total of 1,452,958 sq km, or half a petabyte of data, of Bird’s Eye scenes from around the world.
“The new additional imagery adds new depth to map views of locations from Toledo to Rome. Look for yellow in the below World map to see our new Bird’s Eye coverage from this release,” informs bing.
In the picture below: imagery captured at a 45 degree angle, giving depth and three-dimensionality to ortho photography:
Bing has also launched enhanced Venue Maps, that now provides detailed maps illustrating a point of interest.
Now, you can search inside over 4,700 points of interest using Bing Maps, making it easy to find your way in malls, airports, amusement parks, sports venues and more using your Windows Phone, tablet, or a PC.
“While on Bing Maps and within a zoom level of 1000 feet, purple and green polygons will appear to outline particular points of interest for a given venue. Green shading indicates restaurants, while stores appear purple. When you click on any outlined polygon, a directory will appear with a full list of points of interest and offer options to visually explore additional floors of the venue,” explains bing.
Finally, the new “Report a problem” features lets you tell bing of about an outlined feature that is not correct:
- “Click on US Post Office, then click “Report a problem”
- Select an option and click “Continue”
- Select option or type in comment and hit “Submit”.”