Google execs have unveiled new features and technology for Google Maps, including 3D enhancements, more panoramic street level tech, and the ability access it offline on Android phones.
The announcement comes ahead of Apple’s developer conference next week – there have been rumours the firm will use the platform to announce its own rival service.
Having marshalled a fleet of planes to take detailed snaps, Google Maps will now offer incredibly detailed 3D cityscape views, which can be rotated and zoomed right down the street level.
“By the end of the year we aim to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people,” claims Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering, Google Maps. “I have been working on mapping technology most of my life. We’ve made more progress, more quickly as an industry than I ever imagined possible. And we expect innovation to speed up even more over the next few years. While we may never create the perfect map… we’re going to get much, much closer than we are today.”
It will be available to Android and iOS devices in a few weeks, while it will hit desktops later this year.
Meanwhile Street View Trekker will give a ground level view of areas off the beaten track. So just like you can zoom in and see panoramic views of downtown New York, now you’ll be able to zoom in and take a look at remote mountainous areas, for example, thanks to a troupe of cross country trekkers armed with special cameras.