Google Maps: The many dimensions of a modern map

Google Maps: The many dimensions of a modern map


MANIK GUPTA: Cartographers in the last have
always been focused on getting people from point A to point B. The maps were built for
people who were explorers. People were traveling from one country to another on a ship, and
they needed a map to guide them. But if you look at what has happened over the past few
years, all of us have actually become explorers. We may not be navigating the world in terms
of going on a ship for 6 months and discovering new worlds, but we are trying to discover
these microworlds around us. PETER BIRCH: Google Maps is really – if
you think about it – it’s mapping for the modern era. MICHAEL WEISS-MALIK: The old maps were paper.
They were flat. They got folded up and stuffed into your glovebox. These days a map is dynamic.
It’s live. It’s interactive and it’s personalized to you, so it gives you customized things like
directions from where you are to where you want to go. CHIKAI OHAZAMA: When we came out with Google
Maps, it was a technology that really had not existed before. You don’t have to click
and wait to have the map pan. It’s like, you just drag it and move it around on a web
browser. People had never seen that before. BRIAN MCCLENDON: We called it a slippy map,
but it was really the highly-responsive nature that let people interact with it and this
really changed how people used maps. And then we added satellite imagery it gave people
a reason to visit places they had never been before just so they could see them for the
first time. PETER BIRCH: And we add Street View that really
gives you that sense of familiarity for places that you are going to visit or may visit. LUC VINCENT: Street View was in fact Larry
Page’s idea. The notion was that there was a lot of interesting information in imagery
taken at street level, and he thought that it might be interesting to put cameras on
cars, drive around and then organize this information. It turned out to be quite difficult.
We developed our own cameras and we’ve been able to actually improve on this platform
substantially. At this point in the project we have a number
of platforms for capturing imagery. The most common of course is the cars. We also have
now snowmobiles. We have the tricycle. The tricycle we in fact put on boats, and trains,
and we recently took Street View technology into some caves, so we try to go everywhere. MICHAEL WEISS-MALIK: The trick that Google
has is that we do a great job of stitching it all together and producing one giant picture of the
whole planet that you can zoom in and out of seamlessly. MANIK GUPTA: And our goal is to build a very
dynamic map that is changing as the world changes around it. So we in 2008 actually
launched a product called Google Map Maker. It allows you as a user to edit and contribute
map data to Google. PETER BIRCH: We really rely on our users to
help us improve our maps. If a local business closes, it’s the people who live down the street
who are going to know that first and we can make sure that change is reflected for everybody. CHIKAI OHAZAMA: Maps on the phone has always
been something we’ve wanted to do. It’s one of those things that are obvious. One big
part of when you walk out the door is knowing where you are and knowing where you’re going. MANIK GUPTA: Google Maps on Android for instance
has turn-by-turn driving navigation which is really helpful. SEBASTIAN THRUN: But most of us spend most
of our time actually in buildings and not outside buildings. So in the mapping space, we’ve
been instrumental in making Indoor Maps work. BRIAN MCCLENDON: We were able to map hundreds of shopping
malls and businesses in the United States and in Japan. And the hope is: at some point in the near
future, every single public space in the United States and the entire world is mapped, and
you can localize yourself very accurately when you walk with your handset
inside those buildings. CHIKAI OHAZAMA: It’s pretty amazing to take
out my phone out of my pocket and say this is it. This is what we were dreaming
about 10-12 years ago. PETER BIRCH: We’ve come a long way in modeling
the world, but the reality is we have a long way to go. Where we’re really going
– and it may sound crazy – is that we want to rebuild the whole world in 3D. And we’re
constantly innovating to make that a reality. For example, we’re now developing technology
that allows us to model entire 3D cities from high resolution aerial imagery. This will not
only make our 3D coverage even more comprehensive but it will allow us to build a more realistic
and immersive mirror world. Obviously, building a map for the modern age is a
giant task, but it’s one that we’re really committed to and we’re making great progress on.

97 thoughts on “Google Maps: The many dimensions of a modern map

  1. If it waren't for Google, we would have still been using paper maps, static mails, expensive and closed smartphones, internet explorer, and of course, yahoo

  2. What new maps application? Their Maps app has always had turn by turn on android. I think theyve only recently talked about adding it to their iOS app because i dont think Apple allows their default apps to be updated, i even think they designed it

  3. Why google did not release new GPS system using Google maps ? current GPS system are too old and not change for many years. it need new things

  4. Good that Google is taking Apple seriously but marketing only won't work. Apple has many different products. They are in software, hardware and service business. If one product fails, then have too many to make up for it. Until now Google did not really have a competition. They better watch out because if Apple take it's map to the browser, usable by everyone, then Google will have some serious trouble.

  5. Seriously. I think that Apple's maps is nowhere near of Google's. It was their worst choice. Please google make another maps app for iphone soon!!!

  6. Yea, google is taking apple seriously. But is Apple taking google seriously? There's sometimes where it's impossible to reinvent the wheel, which is what Apple want to do.

  7. They say that they go to caves because they're trying to go everywhere… but yet I can't see a single street of my country in street view. Google, if you want to go everywhere, start with street view on all streets before you start going into caves and buildings!

  8. I love Google Maps, I and use it a lot. But maby an idea

    On the desktop I can make own map (with POI), wenn is this posible on the tablet by de map app and de phone app?

  9. Wrong. Reads James 2:14-26 please..
    Faith alone is useless.

    If you believe in Jesus Christ but you aren't doing any works to prove it, then your faith is dead. Spread the truth.

  10. They did not invent anything, web-mapping was available well before Google Maps..look at what did ViaMicheling, Mappy, and many others. The only technology they brought is Street View 🙂

  11. I love exloring and I would like very much to see the whole world in 3d.and mostly Kenya my country

  12. Muito interessante o mapa guia. esperamos que não venham nos perder algun dia por isso que o mapa e importante en nosso dia dia

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  16. hello Google

    My name is Gloire Murhigisi from Congo DRC, Bukavu town
    people here do not use Google map, so I started volunteering by launching a campaign of using Google map everywhere and for everyone, we organize meetings with students and their teachers in them. showing the importance of Google map

    I speak french well

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