From AR navigation to professional posts and reviews, Google Maps really is a platform. Today’s latest update is focused on improving the visual quality and detail of the default layer – especially for nature – in Google Maps.
Original 8/18/20: The service now has three types of maps: default, satellite and terrain. Google is now using a “new algorithmic color mapping technique” to translate its existing high-definition satellite images into the base map. Behind the scenes, Google used computer vision to identify natural features – arid, icy, forested and mountainous regions – and then color them.
Exploring a place gives you a glimpse of its natural features, so that you can easily distinguish tan, barren beaches and deserts from blue lakes, rivers, oceans and ravines. You can tell at a glance how lush and green a place is with vegetation, and even see if there are snow caps on the mountain peaks.
For example, a densely covered forest …
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