Google has revealed the breathtaking amount of Earth it has mapped and photographed up till now
It’s been 12 years now that Google’s Street View cars have crisscrossed the roadways around the globe with the help of rig camera attached to their roofs. These incredible cameras are capable to capture the extensive cities, abandoned towns, villages and everything in between to its bits. This Friday, the search engine giant revealed its efforts and declared a breathtaking number of areas that the company has now mapped and photographed around this planet.
According to Google, it has captured almost billions of images that the company has collected from more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery. Google claims images are taken by Street View cars (and trekkers, which have camera rigs that are physically dragged where cars can’t go). These billions of images that Google has now gathered depict the amount of Google Street View imagery that has circled the globe more than 400 times.
However, the above figure doesn’t reveal the full extent of how much of Earth Google has tilled imaged. Google Earth is the organization’s platform that allows you to browse more than 36 million square miles of high-resolution satellite images. Impressively, Google claims it has now mapped 98% of the world’s population. Even though, mapmaking is “never done,” Google Maps senior product manager Thomas Escobar claimed in a new Google blog post on Friday.
“The awareness of Street View initiated as a side project more than 12 years ago as part of a patronizing goal to map the whole world,” he claims. “Since then, Street View joined with satellite and airborne imagery has become the base of our entire map-making procedure and the motive of how we can build valuable products that help people in the long run.” there’s a lot of effort to perform by spearing to these lines, which the world can get about an idea how Google has committed itself to the Google’s Street View coverage program since 2007 and impressively this mission has expanded impressively in a short period of time.
The world is still guessing that Google might use something different than its Street View cars to map the rest of the world that hasn’t been covered by Google yet. To that end, the company’s senior product manager explains in his post how supportive the trekker gear is in imaging places where driving isn’t thinkable. Those cameras are carried not just by persons, but also by ships — and even all from sheep to camels and spy troops.
The trekker gear cameras have helped the Google Maps community in 2019 to map the hardest places on earth that would not be possible alone through Street View cameras. “Allocate addresses to approximately seven million buildings in earlier under-mapped locations like Armenia, Bermuda, Lebanon, Myanmar, Tonga, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe,” Escobar claims.