Aerial Imagery Of The Googleplex In Google Maps

Google Maps has added several new Labs features like Aerial Imagery.

Aerial Imagery

Aerial Imagery

Although Aerial Imagery isn’t yet available for more than a handful of locations, Google implies more aerial imagery may be made available.

From the Google Maps team:

Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we’re adding more all the time.

If you have ever wanted to get a bird’s eye view of the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, Google Maps aerial imagery now provides it.

Aerial View of the Googleplex

Aerial View of the Googleplex

Zooming in provides the following view:

Aerial Zoom of Googleplex

Aerial Zoom of Googleplex

Google’s aerial image quality now appears to be on par with Bing’s Bird’s eye view image quality.

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

However, Google’s aerial image viewer appears to let map users zoom in twice as close to a location as Bing’s Bird’s eye view.

Anyone know where Google is getting these new images?

If they are getting these images by airplane, won’t it take untold man hours to flesh out their image database?

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