Jun 06 AT 2:24 PM Dustin Earley 40 Comments

Google’s upcoming 3D maps are stunning

3D Google Earth maps

Google Earth has always been impressive. The amount of time and resources it takes to create an accurate, interactive map of the globe is far beyond the grasp of most companies. But Google has taken the challenge head-on. With the new 3D maps Google has revealed at their maps event today, they’ll be taking that challenge to the next level.

Created by using entirely automated technology, Google’s new 3D maps are breathtaking. By using a fleet of planes, Google has been able to capture aerial images at a 45-degree angle, from several different angles, autonomously lacing them together to paint an accurate 3D model of the world around you.

While it wasn’t revealed exactly when Google’s new 3D mapping technology would be made available to the public, it should be coming soon. Whether or not 3D mapping will come to Google maps, and not just Google Earth, is still unclear. From what we’ve gathered, it will be available in Google Earth only, at least initially. Whenever Google Earth with enhanced 3D drops, look for it on both Android and iOS.

What do you think of Google’s new 3D maps? Just a gimmick, hardly worth its own press event, or will it change the way we interact with maps from this point forward?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • YellowDucati

    Thanks Google. We really enjoy what you do with data.

    • Jedediah Sweetser

      5 years ago, if microsoft had this information, it’d be $99.99 with a monthly fee of $15 a month. Google offers stunning and data heavy applications that WORK, for free. Another feather in Googles cap.

  • Adam Clark

    Can’t wait until they use that in flight simulator!

    • AppleFUD

      Real world simulated combat games?

    • Cristiano Malibu

      Mix that with X-Plane!!! Amazing…

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    Very pretty but I just don’t see myself using this. Kinda takes the wind out of Apple’s new Maps sails though!

    Anyway back to E3 coverage…

    • AngelArs

      Don’t flatter yourself. Google had to release this now because they knew that Apple was releasing 3D maps WITH SiRi in iOS 6. Google has nothing like Siri, and even Siri itself is being majorly updated in iOS6.

      • dnote

        What about the “voice to text” feature that google’s what we say?

      • bob

        If they are allowed to use siri after the lawsuit in China…

  • sandwich

    This brings back up the feelings I had back when I was eagerly anticipating decently hi-resolution satellite imagery of my hometown… hubba-frikkin’-hubba!

  • AngelArs

    Maps are about information. The more information given the better. 3D maps are a great way to give a lot of information visually. Google has made a lot of blunders lately but they have always shined when it came to maps. This is what they do best and continue to lead in. Looking forward to using these new 3D maps soon, especialy when it comes to navigation.

  • spazby

    love it

  • Nathan D.

    This is awesome for travelers

    • thel0nerang3r

      I don’t know about travelers.. unless you have way more awesome travels than I do. You would only see this view from a helicopter (considering planes do not get this close to buildings). Its really cool, I don’t know how useful they are.. but still very cool.

  • alexanderharri3

    After Bing Maps was really catching up/passing Google with aerial imagery (birds-eye view), Google lays down the gauntlet. You can even see the Apple trees shake in 3-D.

    • skinlessAndroid

      umm, in what galaxy was Bing maps ever catching up to G-Maps, let alone passing it?

      • xallies

        bings maps were catching up

      • fonix232

        Bing Maps was actually catching up, and was providing really good bird-eye shots for the past year or so, while the best on Google Maps you could get was a blurry zoomed-in shot of the area.

  • aranea

    Good for fun but don’t see much of a daily use.

  • Slith

    Might help me a bit for placement of solar arrays in urban environments.

  • http://www.neilcalvin.com Neil Calvin

    Ooh, let’s make Grand Theft Auto: World out of this!

  • skyflakes

    Good one Google.

  • WlfHart

    Wow, just… wow!

  • Mix

    Most impressive!

    I can’t wait to try this out.

  • David

    In other news…Apple has filed a preliminary injunction to block the import of the GSIII. Seriously. Fuck those guys.

  • Ardrid

    I have to say I’m impressed. While I don’t think it’ll necessarily be a game changer in the way we use/interact with Maps, it’s certainly a nice addition. Extra points for beating Apple to the punch as well.

  • Jorge Vieira

    This def will guve earth that Wow feeling we all got when it first released. And I’d say by this time next year it will be on maps.

  • BigCiX

    Glad they got this out before apple did with their iphony 5. Otherwise it would of had been another lawsuit.

  • bambang

    now, just have to wait until Google Maps 3D arrive (the map) of my country.. when will be in Indonesia..??

  • Alex Belko

    real open world games for android!)

  • awundrin

    It looks amazing and something that would be great fun to play around with.

  • thanujdeepak

    its nice

  • uknowme

    Actually I see this being really helpful for a few industries. One of them being gaming. Now it will be a hell of a lot easier for even independent companies to get more accurate with representing real world areas with minimal effort. It will also help with geography in school and out of school. Personally I will be using for leisure reasons. Mainly when I decide to go to national parks it will help give me a little insight into the layout that you can’t get with 2D maps.

  • bellken

    it is amazing

  • ndarvishev

    Oh, this is amazing!
    However, I’m not sure to see my city in 3D. But, that would be awesome!
    Thanks, Google.

  • smeghead68

    This is fantastic. Is there anything else out there that is even remotely close to this (and for free)?

    Can’t wait.

  • Yonas

    Now i won’t have to go to Bing’s Bird Eye view again.

  • Mohammad Ahmadzadeh

    I wonder if they’re planning to make them with self-piloted airplanes in the future!!!
    Great move Google.

  • Israr

    nice move google……wen it is gng to launch,,,,,,,,,,waiting for ur update in my android mob……<3

  • sreemanta roy

    google is always special. none can be compared with google. amazing