Earlier this week, Google officially presented the new features coming to its Google Earth software. The internet giant company started teasing with its new vision for the service earlier this month. Presently, the software combines topographic maps, satellite imagery, and 3D maps of cities. These are meant to help the visitor have a better image of Earth.
Google Earth Is Set To Offer Online Guided Tours and Knowledge Cards, Among Many Others
From now on, Google announced that it would be increasing its map service’s features. It will come with options such as ‘Knowledge cards’ or guided tours of monuments and various locations. Also, it will include the already classical “I’m feeling lucky” button, but which will offer spontaneous finds.
The guided tours feature will be called ‘Voyager”. As it launched the new service, Google also released an announcement.
In it, the company stated that Voyager was developed with help from “Some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits, […]”
For this option, Google is collaborating with the likes of NASA, or the Natural Treasures tour, organized by the BBC Earth. This latter can take the user through a series of tours across the globe. They can see a dozen habitats from across Earth, including jungles and mountains. The tours also come with other features such as the Street View imagery or 360-degree videos.
The “I’m feeling lucky” buttons will be based on quite an impressive database. This includes 20,000 from across the world, which should be worth exploring. These places can be anything from natural habitats to famous landmarks.
As the user selects such a location, they can open up a “Knowledge Card”. This will come with new, additional information as well as the place’s history. The 3D button will also offer access to any angle of the place.
The new and updated Google Earth should roll out and be available starting with this week. It will also run on Android or as a Google Chrome web app. According to the company, an iOS version is still in the making.
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