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These are the visual enhancements made by Google Maps

August 27, 2020

From sharper colors to the location of crosswalks, these are some of the updates to the application.

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  • Google Maps now shows sidewalks and pedestrian islands.
  • A new algorithmic color mapping technique enables us to recognize the natural characteristics of a place on the platform.
These are the visual enhancements made by Google MapsThese are the visual enhancements made by Google Maps

Do you use google maps? Now it comes with improvements. Google decided to update its mapping application and now it shows us the location of the pedestrian crossings, the width of the streets, ridges and more vivid colors that demonstrate the nature of the landscape in that area.

Using a new algorithmic color mapping technique, we can recognize the natural characteristics of a place on the platform and differentiate more precisely between dry and desert beaches, rivers, oceans and other landscapes. You can even see if there are snow caps up on the mountains.

Photo: Google via blog.

“With this update, Google Maps offers one of the most comprehensive views of natural features in all major mapping applications and is available in all 220 supported countries and territories. That’s more than 100 million square kilometers of land or 18 billion soccer fields! “Says the brand in a statement.

Likewise, other mobility characteristics can now be observed, such as the width of the streets on which the sidewalks, intersections and pedestrian islands are located. Information about accessibility for people in carts or wheelchairs is displayed.

These updates will appear first on maps of cities like New York, San Francisco and London in the coming months. However, the company hopes to expand the capabilities globally.

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