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8 de Septiembre 2006

News: Google Maps Satellite/Aerial Photo Update September 8, 2006

[Updated: 9-Sep 1550 ET - The scope of this update appears to be very widespread - this list is growing! Also, all the data is now in Google Earth as well! Also, new version of Google Earth 4 Beta is out.]

[Updated: 13-Sep 1500 ET - Also, see details on the new Updated Google Earth Layers]

Just discovered that there has been an update to aerial and satellite photos in Google Maps. So far, I have determined there is new photography for many areas in California and Texas (Now also areas found in NH, CT, NC, GA, NY, FL, WA, OR, entire state of Montana, Coastline of Maine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Canada). I'm still researching areas that have been affected. Please leave me a comment to this blog entry if you find other locations and I will update them here. So far, the new data has not been migrated to the Google Earth database. So, you can use GE as a comparison tool to determine what has been updated. I expect the Google Earth database will be updated in a few days. (See also GoogleMapsMania follow-up on this story).

Summary of updated data now available in high resolution :

  • Most of California is now in high res. All of California appears to be high res actually. Thanks to GEB reader Jason.
    • "Kerman, Ca"
    • Coastal San Diego - thanks to Digg commenter i440
    Many updates in Texas, but still some remote areas not covered. A lot of east Texas is now high resolution.
    • Example: "San Augustine, Tx"
    • Follow along I-10 in West Texas...lots of new areas there.
  • Areas in North Carolina:
  • Looks like the entire state of Connecticut is in high res now:
  • Big areas in southeast New Hampshire including:
  • Florida - Some reports north and east of Orlando, I can confirm along the coast near Daytona as well. Now also up along to St. Augustine. Another report of NW FL. Lots of areas for Florida.
  • The rest of the Netherlands now in high res (thanks to GEB readers: Daan and Alex) - Except some military bases are now "speckled" so you can't see them.
  • Georgia - (thanks to GEB reader Mickey) - Looks to me like the entire state has some form of high-res photos now
  • The coastline of Maine all new high resolution areas all along the coast from the southeastern tip to Bangor, Maine - (thanks to GEB reader joe)
  • Looks like the ENTIRE state of Montana - (Thanks to GEB reader etlund)
  • Big areas in Belgium have been added or updated: - (thanks to GEB reader Maarten)
  • One report so far for Japan: (thanks to GEB reader: Ataka)
    • Takamatsu, Japan - new high-res of this metropolitan area
    • Also Nara, Chofu, machida - thanks to GEB reader akanemaru
  • Norway now has Bergen, Norway and the area surrounding - (thanks to GEB reader Szabolcs)
  • Auckland, New Zealand area has new improved photos - (thanks to GEB reader Rob) - Note: other areas in NZ being reported including Wellington, and Whakatane
  • Report of a new high res photo for Sarnia, Ontario, Canada - Thanks to reader BvO
  • Unconfirmed reports for Memphis, TN; Aspen, CO.
  • Several reports for Hudson Valley area of New York
  • Washington State - County of Clark in SW WA updated - thanks to GEB reader Jesse
  • Oregon - Same update from WA also includes Portland, OR
  • Thailand - One report of some changes in Bangkok including an older photo of one area - thanks to GEB reader Steve

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:09 PM

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  • Comentarios

    The rest of The Netherlands can now also be seen in High resolution

    Enviado por: Daan at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:25 PM

    Great! Looks like the entire Netherlands are now available in high-resolution satellite-pictures. Hopefully GE follows soon.

    Enviado por: Alex at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:27 PM

    Schweeeet! I can now see the house I grew up at many years ago in higher res. Thanks for the update.

    Enviado por: pacificdave at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:51 PM

    It appears that south Georgia is now high res. I'm most familiar with the Albany area, but it appears that most of the state is now complete.

    There are still parts of Michigan that I want to see turned into high res (just north of Grand Rapids), bad sadly it's still the same images they used to have.

    Enviado por: Mickey at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 03:05 PM

    Seems to me there is still MUCH of TX that's not in high resolution. Like the area around Wichita Falls or Lake Ray Roberts which even Yahoo has in high res...

    Enviado por: Coreburn at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 03:12 PM

    Yes, the Big Sur coast in Northern California is now hi-res! Whoo-hoo!

    Enviado por: Greg at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:06 PM

    I don't know yet about the rest of Belgium, but I see the city of Antwerp in high res (which is not in GE).

    Enviado por: Maarten at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:14 PM

    Takamatsu-Shi in Japan can be seen in high resolution.

    Enviado por: @aka at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:30 PM

    The coast of Maine, all the way to Penobscot Bay, too!

    Enviado por: joe at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:00 PM

    Lots more in Montana too! Including most of Glacier National Park.

    Enviado por: etlund at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:17 PM

    Also Franschoek Mountains near Franschoek in South Africa - was lowest resolution before.

    Enviado por: Danie at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:03 PM

    The Bergen, Norway data has finally made it in! It seems to be the same data as that found on http://www.bergenskart.no/

    Enviado por: Szabolcs at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:24 PM

    And Cape Town, SA - they put high-res over Table mountain

    Enviado por: Rob at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:59 PM

    Auckland, New Zealand has been updated with new fotos replacing cloud and the low res bit.

    Enviado por: Rob at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:00 PM

    goleta, CA (near santa barbara) is updated in EARTH, not just web maps. parts of it used to be cloud covered but not anymore, and newer buildings that I think were missing before are now there.

    Enviado por: x at 8 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:57 PM

    Munich Germany in very high resolution!

    Enviado por: mucbarney at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:25 AM

    Y'all should go check out Google Earth now. (Log out and in again if you've been running a session for more than two or three hours...)

    Awesome job in cataloging the changes!

    Enviado por: mash at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:32 AM

    The Bergen, Norway data is now also available in Google Earth. I have not checked if the other data is also available in Google Earth now...

    Enviado por: Jan Kocbach at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:49 AM

    Google Earth has been updated, al least with the pics of the Netherlands and Belgium. Don't know about the rest; find out yourself and enjoy!!!

    Enviado por: Maarten at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:56 AM

    Munich, Germany, has been updated with new AeroWest data.

    Enviado por: £123 at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:29 AM

    Google Earth has been updated.

    Enviado por: Marc B. at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:42 AM

    Many cities and regions in Germany were updated too.
    Munich, Duesseldorf, Karlsruhe, Gelsenkirchen, Erlangen/Fuerth, Ludwigshafen, Schwerte...

    Enviado por: Georg at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:44 AM

    (I updated an old blog entry, now I see this, sorry for the dup).
    Wellington, New Zealand has regressed in time. Overall the quality may have improved (difficult to compare) but I know the current map data is much older than what was there a few weeks ago. It appears they have changed data providers to the Wellington City Council (Municipality). The data is at least a year old, whereas I could see my new (6mth) old car last month.
    This is a pity.

    Enviado por: Bruce Fitzsimons at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:05 AM

    Belgium has new and better pictures of Brussels and Antwerp. And they are visible on Google Earth.

    Enviado por: Belgeoblog at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:17 AM

    Note that the images for Bergen, Norway are indeed the ones provided by the city council! (They're listed as “© 2006 Bergen kommune”.)

    Also, all the updates are now in Google Earth as well.

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:17 AM

    Maastricht, The Netherlands is now updated as well, apparently on a festival day!

    Enviado por: imichaeldotorg at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:41 AM

    Ok, Google Maps continously update his map. But I think that Yahoo! Maps give us more detailed maps than Google. At the moment, Yahoo is winning the match.

    Enviado por: Satellite at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:48 AM

    Japan(Nara, Chofu, machida) update!!

    Enviado por: akanemaru at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:58 AM

    looks to me like jeruslaem has a much greater resolution

    Enviado por: jamie at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:57 AM

    Ogdensburg, NY (very small city in northern NY) is now in hi-res. I can now see the house I grew up in. :)

    Enviado por: Dave B at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:05 AM

    Troy, NY is now in satellite!

    Enviado por: Ed at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:26 AM

    Most of Southern Ontario remains the same, but the City of Sarnia and environs has been upgraded to HiRes.

    Enviado por: BvO at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:35 AM

    Philadelphia's gotten a makeover, looks like satelite photos c. 2003

    Enviado por: Tim Froehlich at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:45 AM

    Rennselear and Troy New York also in High Resolution now for the first time

    Enviado por: Riley at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:46 AM

    Bangkok, Thailand (On Nut Soi 5) has gone back in time! My condo complex was at least half built before, now it's all grassy. Actually, now that I can see it, it was kinda nice before.

    Enviado por: Steve at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:04 AM

    Portland Oregon and surrounding areas have been updated.

    Enviado por: Robert Clifton at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:50 AM

    Our House in Solna, Stockholm is now shows up on the pictures.
    The house was finished two years ago but only the construction site was visible before the update.

    Enviado por: Greger Hagstr�m at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:08 PM

    The area around Omaha, NE has been updated in Google Maps.

    Enviado por: Jimmy at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:14 PM

    all of Clark County of SW WA has been updated to high res! nice

    Enviado por: Jesse at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:20 PM

    I believe they updated parts of Kakuda, Japan, as well. If you just type in, "Kakuda, Japan," you'll notice the previous crap-satellite images, and then the newer, MUCH better satellite images just above.

    Enviado por: Brian at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:48 PM

    There are some "high resolution" updates to Rochester, New York, but they're weird... when you zoom in close, the imagery looks like it was drawn in a graphics program... Take a look around the airport here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=ROC&ie=UTF8&z=12&t=k&om=1&iwloc=A

    It just looks odd and artificial, I can't put my finger on it...

    Enviado por: Scottish at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:01 PM

    Anyone noticed that 33% of ID is in Hi-Res? I just looked on Google Earth, and it looks like ID is Hi-Res.

    Enviado por: Doug at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:30 PM

    google Has to Update big cities, Like Newark!, My house its been up for 2 years now!, and they stll have the grass field where it was, NEwark, NJ- thye dont even have my Address on their database, ( mapquest Does!.)

    Enviado por: raylor at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:59 PM

    Regarding the Rochester Airport, it appears that New York GIS is deliberatley blurring "sensitive" infrastructure, like Seaports and Airports in an insane attempt to "protect the public" ... blurring the view of an airport on Google Earth does NOTHING to make the public safer and only makes us more ignorant. This practice must be resisted and opposed. Google Earth should abandon its deal with New York GIS and get its own high res views of the areas in question ASAP.

    Enviado por: Riley at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:23 PM

    York, Pennsylvania still sucks. Surprise, surprise!

    Enviado por: Matt at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:27 PM

    thanks for the hard work

    Enviado por: sal at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 03:14 PM

    I can tell you that NOT all of Connecticut is highres - Darien - zip 06820 is not.

    Enviado por: ConnMan at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:23 PM

    I know that at least most of Brookfield, WI was updated - maybe all of WI?

    Enviado por: Nick at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:47 PM

    Boca Raton, FL and surrounding areas has been updated with new and higher resolution images.

    Enviado por: none at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:18 PM

    Google has been busy adding some very high res pics in some ontario cities (sudbury,on) but falls short of some of the larger urban centres still... (barrie, ON w/ 3x the population) and missing cunks of the largest city, toronto still.. but document the corn fields in the surrounding area well. weird.

    Enviado por: trode at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:44 PM

    Manaus in Amazon state in Brazil was also update.

    Enviado por: test at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:27 PM

    As noted above, the images for Wellington, New Zealand have regressed significantly. There is for example no evidence of the city by-pass construction as there was previously. Quality does appear improved however. Nonetheless it is great to see so many hi-res areas for New Zealand.

    Enviado por: Tinshed at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:16 PM


    At this page you can add a network link that should show your York, PA collected in 2003.


    Enviado por: JME at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:55 PM

    dang! my house is still on a blurry border between two images! and the imagery of melbourne australia is still almost 4 years old. Look at the MCG! theyve already finished it!

    Enviado por: chewy at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:27 PM

    St. Louis, Missouri has been updated.

    Enviado por: JL at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:57 PM

    Southwest Florida has been updated with hi-res imagery. Fort Myers was hi-res before; now, Lehigh Acres, to the east of Fort Myers, is also. Our daughter's house shows up as still under construction: they've been in the house for about a year and a half.

    Enviado por: Roger D. Parish at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:39 PM

    McAllen, TX has been updated. Does anyone know if the improvements are 1 foot resolution vice 1 meter?

    Now if only they'd do Raymondville, Lyford, and Sebastian, Tx ... I'd be in heaven!!!

    Enviado por: Stephen at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:39 PM

    Dubai is high-res, and updated -- now includes Palm and Earth landfill-developments.

    Enviado por: Brad at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:58 AM

    Palm Beach County seems to be high res now.

    Enviado por: tolling at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:22 AM

    And the mountais and elevations of Holland are now quite accurate!

    Enviado por: Memetic Warrior at 13 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:33 AM

    The regions of south India particularly kanyakumari and east of kanyakumari are badly seen at high resolution. Please take efforts to correct these. I am eager to see those fertile land's beauty.

    Enviado por: Shamfred at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:24 AM

    When can I expect not to see blurry images of 40031 in LaGrange, Kentucky? One section appears OK but the area next to it is blurred. How often does the images get rescanned?

    Enviado por: Dave z at 7 de Enero 2007 a las 07:56 PM

    The Netherlands is not totally in High Res. This has been said allot of times, but it simply isn't true. Only a few areas are realy high res (Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam)

    Enviado por: marcel at 4 de Abril 2007 a las 07:20 AM

    marcel, it's all a matter of how you define "high res". Those of us in the Google Earth Community define high resolution as anything higher than 15 meter/pixel resolution. Places with sub-meter resolution (like Rotterdam, The Hague, and Amsterdan) are obviously better than just high res. :-)

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 4 de Abril 2007 a las 02:04 PM

    It's interesting that all the surrounding states to Idaho, including Canada have all had updates. However, living in Idaho I've noticed huge differences in aerial satellite photographs. Including my office building that was built two years ago. Was this an over sight? To not include Idaho in their updates, or do they not think that we would care. Especially as an avid outdoors man who is now equipped with GPS via google maps, but doesn't provide the most current information seems just a huge dis service to their users in this state.

    Enviado por: matt at 24 de Mayo 2007 a las 11:50 AM

    When will we see a map upgrade for Australia. With the current drought in SE Australian states, it would be good to see the impacts. I am a grower in this area.

    Enviado por: RussellW at 1 de Junio 2007 a las 08:31 AM

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