Google Maps Adds Millions of New Building Footprints


Google Maps had added another few million of new building structures in its desktop and mobile versions.

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The web giant has added a new layer of 25 million new buildings. Now users don’t just have streets, bodies of water, houses and parks to look at, they can even check out building footprints in major cities across the US of America.

Booby Parikh, the Engineering Manager at Google Maps wrote in his blog today, “As we go about our daily travels, we often rely on buildings to orient ourselves, locate landmarks and navigate from place to place, this expansion is part of our ongoing effort to provide you with maps that are as comprehensive as possible.”

The new layer was released today featuring building footprints from cities like Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Houston.

All of the building images also come with height information, which was created by aerial imagery combined with computer vision techniques in order to produce the building shapes. “This process enables us to provide more building footprints and a more comprehensive and detailed map than ever before,” Parikh wrote.

Google has spent over five years investing into the Maps. As the Exec Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a n interview that “We invested hundred of millions of dollars in satellite work, airplane work, drive-by work, and we think we have the best product in the industry.”

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