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Google Maps now offers 3D aerial views of famous landmarks

Google’s 3D “immersive view” isn’t ready, but you will get a glimpse of it starting today. The business is rolling out updates to Google Maps for Android and iOS that introduce aerial views of near 100 famous landmarks, including Alcatraz in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Big Ben in London and the Empire State Building in NEW YORK. The feature melds AI with vast amounts of images (including satellite and Street View shots) to generate realistic 3D views. Google pitches this as a preview tool for tourists, but it is also a handy solution to satisfy your curiosity without booking a flight.

Aerial views are accessible to users worldwide. If one can be acquired, you just need to look for a landmark in Google Maps and go to the Photos section.

Google Maps Immersive


Gleam couple of more conventional but very practical upgrades. Google is upgrading Maps’ cycling navigation with an increase of detailed routing info, including heavy car traffic, stairs, steep hills and road types (like a major thoroughfare pitched against a side street). You will also have a less strenuous time comparing routes. The biking upgrades will reach “hundreds” of cities in the weeks ahead.

Moreover, you can find new location sharing notifications that inform you whenever a friend finds (or leaves) confirmed place. This may support you in finding out when fellow concert-goers reach the venue, for example. The notifications only activate for folks who’ve already decided to share their locations, and Google promises app and email notifications to make sure people don’t leave sharing enabled any more than necessary.

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