Google Maps is going 3D
08 June, 2012
Google has announced a complete overhaul to the imagery on Google Maps.
The search giant has sent a convoy of planes over major cities in the world, each plane capturing advanced 3D information and detailed photographs, reported the Daily Mail.
The result will be a complete 3D experience of major cities across the world, allowing users to swoop and fly through replicas which are exact - with even trees getting the 3D treatment.
It is the next step of Google's controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world - and it will begin rolling out before the end of the year.
Google is also planning to introduce offline support to Google Maps, in a bid to offset the expected loss of traffic from iPhone and iPad users, with Apple set to launch their own competitor to Maps.
Both The Wall Street Journal and a technology blog called 9to5 have reported that Apple next week will make a move to drop Google Maps, which currently comes pre-loaded on all iPhone and iPad products.