Aug 24, 2020, 08:00 EST
Bronx, United States, Aug 24, 2020, 08:00 /Comserve / -- Google is redesigning Google Maps to make it easier to differentiate between natural features in the environment. The new features will visually distinguish between deserts, beaches, dense forests, and mountainous ice caps.
The USA, Aug. 19, 2020 -- Google is redesigning Google Maps to make it easier to differentiate between natural features in the environment. The new features will visually distinguish between deserts, beaches, dense forests, and mountainous ice caps. The new maps, according to Google, will be available in 220 countries and territories supported by Maps, be it a big metropolitan or a small town. That is almost covering 100 million sq. kilometers of land. Also, in select cities, the street maps will be getting more detailed.
Even though seeing the natural features of an area can help you get the feel of it, there are times when one would require more information to get around safely and efficiently. With the new features settling in, you can get highly detailed street information that shows the road width and shape to scale. With an aim to be more pedestrian-friendly, being able to see crucial information like sidewalks, crosswalks, and other details can be helpful if you have accessibility needs including wheelchair and stroller requirements.
These details will be helpful as more and more people are opting to walk or use a personal mode of transport because of the ongoing pandemic. Google will be rolling out detailed street maps in London, New York, and San Francisco in the coming months. There are plans to expand the features to more cities over time.
Google will use satellite imagery for redesigning its maps along with a new color-mapping technique. The result is significantly better in showing off the different natural features including snowy peaks, dense forests, green fields, and sandy beaches. They also mentioned that the detailed maps of natural features will start rolling out this week around the world. One needs to ‘zoom out’ in order to be able to see these details.
It is not only Google who is trying to make its navigation more detailed. Apple, last year, had rolled out a design update for its Maps app by making it more detailed. Several features of Apple Maps like sharing real-time ETA are at par with those of Google, but others like detailed transit directions lag behind.
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