Google Map Getting a 700-trillion Pixel Makeover

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Google Maps has received a makeover with 700-trillion pixels of new data added to the popular free mapping service. The Atlantic reports “The new map … consists of orbital imagery that is newer, more detailed, and of higher contrast than the previous version. Most importantly, this new map contains fewer clouds than before — only the second time Google has unveiled a “cloudless” map. Google had not updated its low- and medium- resolution satellite map in three years.” This new imagery is coming from new government satellites that lets Google remove some of the artifacts that make images less useful, as well as improving the detail of the zoomed images to enhance the shown detail on individual buildings or roads. Google already uses a mixture of image sources to provide the best possible detail, but these new images will also remove more clouds.

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