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Is Google including cars, building and trees on their Improved 3D Maps? When is the full implementation of this?
The Google's cars have already driven more than 5 million miles and collected 20 petabytes of imagery data, so they need some improvements to make Google Maps a the best 3D world application. To model our world in 3D, Google will now use 45 degree aerial images gathered from their plane. Even if they don't want to say that this technology will be available soon, they made this announcement to preempt Apple's announcements.
Good Rebecca Moore, the engineering manager announced that the 3D maps will be firstly used during humanitarian operations by non-profits. When this technology will be implemented, I think it will be the best investment of Google, because their rivals, Apple, will have to come with something really good to beat them.