Google Maps and Google Earth add more high-res images

Several days ago, Microsoft announced that its Bing Maps division had completed the United States portion of its high resolution image project. Today, Google announced that it had also increased the amount of high res imagery for both Google Maps and Google Earth.

In a post on the Google Maps blog, the company said, "Google Maps and Earth now feature updated aerial imagery for more than 20 locations, and updated satellite imagery for more than 60 regions." The company later put in an update that said the images were just available for Google Earth but would be added to Google Maps "shortly".

Areas of the Earth with the higher resolution aerial images include Las Vegas, (shown above) Pamplona, Spain, Munich, Germany and more. Better satellite image updates have been put in place in the US, Australia, Greece and even North Korea.

Google Maps has added 45 degree images for 23 US cities, including Buffalo, NY, Indianapolis, IN and others. Five cities in France and two in Spain are also the subject of the new 45 degree imagery.

Google has set up a website where people can set up an email notification to find out if updated Google Maps images are available for their part of the world.

Source: Google Maps blog | Image via Google

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Here in the north of the Netherlands the images are also really old.
The fun thing is: the local government spent an estimated €100.000 to paint a road blue. this road was supposed to be dugged out for a new canal. There was an assumtion it would soon show up on google earth. There were news paper headlines: the water is already visable from space.
Now after 5 years it still is not shown on google maps. the road is still there because the project has been postponed due to the crisis. the paint slowly wears off.

Until they update the imagery for my part of the world, where the aerial photographs are now
over 6 years out of date. It still shows images of the derelict bus station, and former Safeway
store building, plus the accompanying car park, all of which was demolished in 2006!

The Google Street View shows more up to date imagery of the now redeveloped area.

Sydney is still using 6 year old imagery in some locations (Google Maps), I find the NAVTEQ imagery to be more up to date!

dvb2000 said,
No change here in Sydney - same 3 year old, low res images, nearmap has much better and up to date images.

3 years old!!! lol Apparently I still have my Nissan Skyline parked outside my house, I sold that car 5 years ago.

dvb2000 said,
No change here in Sydney - same 3 year old, low res images, nearmap has much better and up to date images.

wow never knew about nearmap, very high image quality

dvb2000 said,
No change here in Sydney - same 3 year old, low res images, nearmap has much better and up to date images.
Dec 2004 for my place (Singapore) And I cannot see a thing..... Maybe they don't have images for Singapore. Google Earth and Bing Maps are equally new should be taken in 2011 for me. But I like Bing maps quality...