Thursday, December 6, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) updates its maps for Europe

Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG) is updating all its maps for a whole lot of European counties and regions with the aim of providing accurate information to users and high quality maps.

This is part of an initiative by the company called the 'ground Truth' project that was launched in 2008. The total number of maps that have been built around this project is now about forty.

According to Slash Gear - "Ground Truth builds maps by gathering high-quality map information from what Google refers to as authoritative sources from various places globally. The gathered data is processed by algorithms with supplemental data, such as Street View and satellite views, added. There is also an element of human input, which helps ensure that the resulting map contains information that is as close to what the actual location presents as possible."

The updates to the maps as well as new maps by Google under Ground Truth cover countries such as Spain, Andorra, Bulgaria, Gibraltar, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

The extent of the changes varies depending on the kind of information required and what is available. For instance, in Bulgaria the new maps have incorporated about 70 kilometres to the Bulgarian Trakiya motorway, something that was added after the previous maps were made available.

The new maps have attempted to incorporate any new structures that have been added such as walking paths, park boundaries, ferry lines and so on.

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