Google Is Adding Photorealistic Aerial Views to Google Maps

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Google Maps is adding a flyover feature that'll give users an aerial view of popular landmarks throughout the world. Over 100 landmarks in cities including Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo will offer a bird's-eye view at some of the most magnificent locations.


The new feature is meant to help tourists plan their trips when visiting new cities. For example, if you're visiting Paris, you can use Google Maps to get a close up look at the Eiffel Tower and decide from there if you want to add it to your itinerary.

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To see an aerial view in the available locations, search for a landmark in Google Maps and go to the Photos section.


Google has been planning on launching an immersive view — an experience that pairs AI with billions of high definition street siew, satellite and aerial images. The goal being to see what a location looks like at different times of day and in various weather conditions, and to see how busy it gets, nearby restaurants, parking, and traffic. The aerial views are a "first step" toward the launch, Amanda Leicht Moore, Director of Product for Google Maps wrote in a blog post.

The new aerial views are currently rolling out for iOS and Android.