Google Maps Now In 3D

Rather than seeing just maps, it is like Google Earth is now within Google Maps, although better. Google has released the next step to Google Maps and Google Earth, Earth View.

Earth View is better than Google Earth because this time, it is a true 3D perspective that is displayed which lets you experience mountains in full detail, 3D buildings and even a first-person dive beneath the ocean (what?! ocean?!).

The motion is fluid, and you can see the world from any viewpoint. Because Earth View is built right into Maps, you can easily switch to map mode by clicking on the “Map” button. The view will even adjust automatically to a top-down, north-heading perspective as you transition.

They have provided famous places around the world as samples to showcase the power that Earth View brings. Ever been to the Taj Mahal? How about the Sydney Opera house, or South Africa’s Table Mountain? You can even dive under the ocean and check out the wreckage of the Titanic.

Choose any of them in the left panel and you will be flown from space down to your chosen location, which you can explore further by clicking and dragging the map or by using the navigation controls in the top of the view. Man, the experience feels a bit the same way as when I was flying through various locations in Disney’s awesome attraction “Soarin”.

Check out the video below to see the action.

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