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Just a few months ago , Google released a massively updated Google Maps to celebrate its 15th anniversary of mapping. But Google had more tricks to improve the Maps overall experience. It turns out.
Google quietly announced Tuesday that Maps would see another major change.
This time around, Google doesn't affect the user experience of getting or adding additional features from point A to point B.
Instead, Google is making a huge change to the actual maps you see in the app. Google brings "more detail and granularity to the map," so that when you plan your visit you understand what an area looks like.
Google is using its satellite image "colour-mapping technology" to provide a "still more comprehensive, vibrant map of an area globally" with a population of 98 percent of the world population.
The new Google Maps facilitates the distinguishing of certain regions, including arid areas such as beaches and deserts, lakes and waterways and the amount of greenery.
Computer vision is used by Google to identify natural features in satellite photography that focus on dry, elegant, forested and mountainous areas. It then sets a range of colours to those areas to better emphasise the specific characteristics of a region.
Google says a dense forest might be painted in dark green, while a "parking shrubs" area would appear in a lighter shade.
The following examples show the differences between the current Maps version and the upcoming redesign.
With the new colour layers, the viewer can see local attractions and get an overview of what landscape in a specific region is to be expected.
But even better than this visual improvement of natural features overall, it is an actual update of how the streets are shown.
Google says that road information will soon replicate the exact shape and width of roads in real life.
Details, such as sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian islands, and critical accessibility information such as wheelchair and walkway access will be clearly displayed on the map.
In reality, the colour algorithm for landscape is an even better visual overhaul. At first the road maps are more detailed only in London , New York, and San Francisco, but Google says more cities will be included in the future.