Google says the new maps will be available in the 220 countries and territories currently supported by Google Maps, “from the biggest metropolitan areas to small, rural towns. ” Google says that street maps are also getting more detailed in select cities.
Google says the more detailed maps of natural features will be rolling out starting this week around the world, and it adds that you’ll need to “zoom out” to be able to see them.
Google Maps is being redesigned to make it easier to distinguish between natural features in the environment, whether they’re mountainous ice caps, deserts, beaches, or dense forests.
Along with the changes it’s made to the natural world, Google is also making its street maps more detailed in select cities.
While previously its maps simply showed the streets themselves, in New York, San Francisco, and London, they’ll soon distinguish between different street features like roadways, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands.
Last year, Apple rolled out a design update for its Maps app, with an update that massively improved the amount detail shown in towns and cities.
Google says it used satellite imagery as the basis for its redesigned maps and that this has had a “new color-mapping algorithmic technique” applied to it.