Google recently published on its blog that its mapping service, Google Maps, has covered about 98% of the earth’s population. According to Thomas Escobar, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps, the search engine has captured more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery, all through the hard work of the company’s Street View cars and walkers.
If you’ve never seen a Street View hiker, their work is both inevitable and much more difficult, as they are used to cross areas that are otherwise inaccessible by car. These hikers are transported by boats, sheep, camels and often not even on foot by scout troops. Who can get high resolution images of these “not so easily accessible” areas.
How Google manages to sew all of these photos lies in a technology called photogrammetry. The technology is not new in any way and has been around since the early 1900s. Google explains that it uses technology by using billions of images and putting them together, much like a puzzle would be put together.
Thanks to Google’s efforts to map people, cities and geography, the app now allows Android and Google users to browse more than 36 million square miles of areas made up of these satellite imagery.
As always, the Google Maps app is available on both the Google Play and Apple App store.
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