Saturday, June 18, 2005

Google owns the world

Woke up to my morning dose of Slashdot to find that Google have done something interesting again. Looks like Google Maps has gone worldwide!

On the down side the satellite imagery for the "rest of the world" is still fairly low resolution, and the map data is only at the country level outside of the US and the UK (as yet?). They also don't seem to have integrated new satellite data and maps with the UK based site, although if they can't solve the problems they're having with georectifying UK postcode data it isn't really going to be that relevant anyway...

Update: Apparently Google has quietly updated its map service to extend the coverage of the high-resolution satellite and aerial photography outside of the US. Although we still don't have a virtual planet, this is a definite improvement.