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28 de Febrero 2007

New Imagery for Google Earth / Maps - February 28

[UPDATE 2010: some edits were made to the list and are highlighted in blue.]

[See the YouTube Swiss Alps Flying Tour.]

High-res Swiss Alps in Google EarthThe update of imagery mentioned over the last few days for Google Maps is now available in Google Earth. Swiss Alps terrain is in high resolution (10 meter)! This is awesome to behold! .

Here's the scoop from Google on what is new:

  • Entire country of Switzerland at 50cm and many Swiss cities at 25cm (thank you, Endoxon)
  • Entire country of Switzerland terrain at 10m resolution, Swiss Alps are now high-res!
  • Entire country of Denmark at 50cm
  • Australia day flyover (Google maps special)
  • Cities of France: Lyon; Le Mans; Lourdes; Reims; Nancy; Limoges; Lille; Arles
  • Potsdam and Magdeburg, Germany
  • Barcelona, Belem, Cape Town, Galapagos (Isabella Island), Manaus, Mt Saint Helens, Recife, Rio, Venice
  • Whistler British Columbia
  • Full state coverage for Wyoming & Utah
  • Cities and counties in the US: Kirkland, WA; 6 counties in Arksansas; Dallas county, IA; Rutherford County, NC; Lancaster County, NE; Johnson County, NC; Lee County, NC;
  • significant amounts of new Digital Globe data

Check out OgleEarth's review of the new Swiss Alps data.

By the way, I wanted to point out that a GEB reader named Jonas was the first to point out the new Denmark imagery to me on Feb. 26th. Thanks Jonas!

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 28 de Febrero 2007 a las 07:42 PM

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  • Comentarios

    Yes! The Alps look beautiful, especially with a Space Navigator.

    And best of all: fly to Zermatt, Switzerland and put the camera at the bottom of the valley. Now look up to the SW to see the Matterhorn...looking just like the Matterhorn should (finally)! All I can say is, more high-res terrain, please.

    (on a side note, doing a search for "Matterhorn", even when staring right at Switzerland, flies me to...Matterhorn, Colorado?)

    Enviado por: Lauren at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 02:06 AM

    Barcelona new imagery? Yesterday I was watching the new dikes in the harbour area, and today they disappeared. The "new" imagery is older than the previous one.

    Or perhaps it's not about the Catalan Barcelona...

    Enviado por: Marc B. at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 05:12 AM

    The switzerland imagery is also older, but I prefer quality over freshness. Love the high-res terrain, the few places I've checked out have very realistic results, much more convincing than the earlier data. Check out Lauterbrunnen for some impressive drops.

    Enviado por: Adrian at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 08:29 AM

    Why won't they update the images of England?? Pretty much everything apart from London and the South East is still rubbish!!

    Enviado por: Bradfields at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 09:21 AM

    The colors in Switzerland are beautiful!

    Enviado por: Crash at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 11:55 AM

    There are also new high resolution pictures of the region around Lille, France and the places in Germany that were'nt in high resolution before.

    Enviado por: Siemen at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 12:03 PM

    Finally, all of UTAH!

    Enviado por: Jeff Alu at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 02:09 PM

    I don't want to complain but the Vienna, Autsria imagery hasn't changed since July 2005 and since then its pretty bad with no houses recognizable, streets on the wrong places and 5 huge clouds over the city... well i guess a city of 2 millin is too small for google... wyoming is more important.

    Enviado por: markus at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 02:15 PM

    The Switzerland imagery around Zuerich is at least 4 years old and probably older than that. A house a relative of mine moved into 4 years ago isn't even in the process of being built in those images!

    Enviado por: Steve at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 03:20 PM

    I may have answered my own question. I see now that you say the TERRAIN is 10 meter. Another line, not yours, says that all of Switzerland is at 50cm (close to 2 ft.). It must be that your "terrain" refers to the elevation grid, giving us the terrain texture, which gives us a better 3D representation of the Matterhorn.

    Speaking of the Matterhorn, it and Half Dome in Yosemite show the problem with draping a flat straight-down photo over a 3D texured terrain. All the vertical surfaces are unusable. I wish there were a way to get around that, without resorting to 3D models from Sketchup. Maybe something along the lines of MS's taking side shots would work.


    Enviado por: Ernie at 1 de Marzo 2007 a las 03:53 PM

    Agreeing with Bradfields: even all of the SE of England isn't covered. Case in point being the Great Cutoff of decent imagery just East of Oxford. Not frustrating at all for someone who lives there, oh no.

    Enviado por: Andrew C. at 6 de Marzo 2007 a las 09:27 AM

    The resolution of the images from Switzerland are very good but they must be older then 6 years! Our house, which was built in 2001 is not on. Hope this will improve.

    Enviado por: rhug at 2 de Abril 2007 a las 03:34 AM

    I have just put together a 360-degree VR image from 200m above Whistler in GE, using this new imagery, you can see it here:


    I have done a few other 360s from GE:


    Enviado por: John at 11 de Abril 2007 a las 01:27 PM

    The entire coutry of Switzerland at 25cm? Am I missing something!

    When I look at my house in Australia I can see it, roads etc. very clearly

    However, when I look at the northern part of Switzerland (Stein am Rhein, Untersee, Bodensee etc.) the only thing I can make out are lakes of several square kilometers. Houses, roads, even towns are unrecognisable. This doesn't seem like 25cm resolution to me! Any suggestions?

    Enviado por: Cameron at 18 de Abril 2007 a las 12:19 AM

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