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Google's Ground Truth maps add 10 more countries, brag a Bulgarian highway nobody yet covers

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Google's Ground Truth maps add 10 more countries, brag a Bulgarian highway nobody yet covers

Google just updated its European maps section heavily, loading a fresh batch of detailed data for more obscure countries, and improving on what it had for the big ones, including indoor navigation for Germany.

Part of the Ground Truth project, the mapping initiative started in 2008, and aims to give people the most detailed and up-to-date experience possible. Knowing how Google collects data, with a fleet of cars cruising your city's back alleys, this is not far from what Google actually delivers, but the search giant doesn't stop there.

It mixes the data collected by its mapping vehicles with satellite photos, data from local mapping authorities, and even user input, so its algorithms create what is perhaps the most timely and personal navigation of a place possible:

...roads and highways alone don’t define the character of a place, and they aren’t always sufficient to help you get around. So Google Maps also integrates information such as walking paths, ferry lines, building outlines, park boundaries, university campuses and more—providing a richer, more comprehensive and more realistic experience for locals, visitors and armchair travelers alike.

Our new map of Spain, for example, not only shows the famous Museo del Prado and Parque del Retiro in Madrid, but also includes additional building models in surrounding neighborhoods, the well-known “Estanque” (or pond) in the center of the park, and detailed walking paths throughout both the park and the nearby Royal Botanical Gardens.

Spain, Andorra, Bulgaria, Gibraltar, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Slovakia are the new countries added to the Ground Truth project, and Google even bragged in its blog post that it has added all the length of the brand new Trakiya highway section in Bulgaria, for instance, which is so fresh that it is not reflected yet by other services.

source: GoogleBlog

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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:09 3

1. random (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Thats great, can see 3d maps now here in Slovenia.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:17

7. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

Lepo pozdravljen ;) ! :)

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 22:08

9. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

OMG, I Have a friend from Bulgaria, This is the second Bulgarian News I heard today, cool!!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:09 1

2. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

no project ground truth in Asian countries. That's too bad

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:11 2

3. brar.arsh (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

Google is making it to the Headlines Everyday.. probably the best time in Google's history..

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:13 2

4. MeoCao (unregistered)

Wonderful Google!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:27 1

5. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

It's hard to believe how young Google is as a company. It was founded in September 1998. I can't wait to see what the next few years hold!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:30 1

6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Is the street view available in the world's most dangerous country : Somalia ?


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:47

8. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Am I the only one that is Bulgarian in here?

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 05:12

10. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

So, how do Nokia's satnav and mapping coverage compare? Anyone know?

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