Share with friends
   
Google gave a glimpse of what lies in store for its mapping technology last week.

As anyone who uses its Maps and Earth services knows, the photographic images used for birds-eye and street level views are somewhat limited.

The problem is that photographs taken by a satellite can only show so much, while Street View is constrained by where Google’s fleet of vehicles (which include pedal trikes and snowmobiles) can travel.

Tl_extracted 1

Google gave a glimpse of what lies in store for its mapping technology last week.

As anyone who uses its Maps and Earth services knows, the photographic images used for birds-eye and street level views are somewhat limited.

The problem is that photographs taken by a satellite can only show so much, while Street View is constrained by where Google’s fleet of vehicles (which include pedal trikes and snowmobiles) can travel.

Both issues should be resolved shortly though, thanks to new techniques Google has been using to take photographs that are much more detailed and show less accessible places.

The latter problem has been cracked by Google’s Street View Trekker technology, which essentially consists of a 360° camera strapped to a person’s back.

This obviously allows street-level photos to be taken in places that no vehicle could hope to travel through, whether it’s inside the White House or in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

Google has also been using low-flying aircraft to take detailed photographs of metropolitan areas around the world.

Unlike the ‘birds-eye’ view of satellite images, these photographs are taken at 45° and can be combined to create extremely realistic 3D views of places.

Some 45° imagery is already available in Google Maps, but Google will soon use it to enhance the 3D views that have long been available in Google Earth.

This will make it possible to ‘fly’ through cities as if in a helicopter, as Google’s video shows:

Movie

Related Caravan blog

See all Technology on tour »

Latest Caravan blog

  • Mercedes-Benz C220 BlueTEC review
    The Practical Caravan Mercedes-Benz C-Class review - Practical Caravan's tow car expert David Motton has mixed feelings following time behind the wheel of Mercedes' brand new C-Class saloon (© Mercedes-Benz/Practical Caravan)

    After a week at the wheel, what does Practical Caravan's tow car guru David Motton make of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class – does it have tow car potential?

  • Badge appeal
    Audi vs Skoda - Practical Caravan's tow car guru puts a Skoda Superb against an Audi A6 (© David Motton/Practical Caravan)

    Related yet in other ways poles apart, Practical Caravan's tow car expert David Motton is out to discover if badge snobbery is justified in the VW Group

  • Porsche Macan S Diesel review
    The Practical Caravan Porsche Macan review - If you're considering what tow car to buy next, as strange as it might sound, if you can afford it, should a Porsche be on your short list? (© Porsche)

    Trying to put all prejudices aside, our tow car expert David Motton gets behind the wheel and assesses the towing capabilities of the new Porsche Macan

  • Going on a hybrid holiday
    Practical Caravan tests the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as a tow car - Our Nigel took a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on tour with a 2014 Swift Lifestyle 2, to find out if hybrid cars can cut it as tow cars in the real world (© Nigel Donnelly/Practical Caravan)

    We venture out and do some real world towing with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, to see if this really is the future tow car for your caravan holidays

See all Blogs »

Share with friends

Recommended for you

Follow us on

Recommended for you