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About Google Maps

The desire to map the earth as precisely as possible is almost as old as mankind itself. Technical developments in the fields of computing and the Internet have brought about radical changes in cartography over recent decades.

On 8 February 2005, the company Google launched its new geodata service "Google Maps". Writing in the Google Blog, Google Maps Manager Bret Taylor said:
"We think maps can be useful and fun, so we've designed Google Maps to simplify how to get from point A to point B."

Google Maps allows users to search countless millions of addresses and entries and view the results in map, satellite or hybrid form.

The resolution of the satellite images varies widely depending on region. Some areas, particularly the major cities of the USA and Europe, have been photographed from the air in such a high resolution that specific features such as individual people or details of cars can be made out.
For many other regions, only high and medium resolution satellite images are available. This means that it is possible to localise individual buildings or larger apartment blocks.
Polar regions beyond the 85th degree of latitude have not been photographed at all.

The advantage of Google Maps compared to Google Earth is that the maps provided by the former can be accessed using standard Internet browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome).

The resolution of the satellite images offered by both services is virtually identical. The benefits of the software used by Google Earth are its three-dimensional portrayal of the world and additional information such as functionalities that can be linked to the satellite images.