Google's Ever-Expanding Maps
Despite a weak earnings report and a sick CEO, it wasn’t all bad news for Google, this week. Giving the search giant something to smile about, it reported adding 25 million new building
footprints to Google Maps. How is Google expanding its mapping program so rapidly? By using aerial imagery and computer vision techniques to determine the shapes and heights of these buildings, it
explains. “The same aerial photography Google uses to render these footprints is, of course, also the basis of Google’s 3D maps,” TechCrunch notes.