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:

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



10. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Am I the only one that is Bulgarian in here?

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

5. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 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!

4. MeoCao unregistered

Wonderful Google!

3. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

2. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

1. random

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

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

7. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Lepo pozdravljen ;) ! :)

9. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

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