Google Maps Launches Helicopter View of Your Area
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Google Maps Launches Helicopter View of Your Area

Google has just added a 3D aerial route preview feature to its google maps product.

With this new feature, Google Maps users can now fly alongside routes to get a birds eye view of location (directions) while planning road trips, hiking trips, biking excursions or the normal city commutes.

The new Google Map 3D preview option — this process is informally referred to as “helicopter view”.

This new one works in a simple way whereby the user simply enter into the search box, the start, the mid and the endpoint destinations to get directions as usual, and immediately, the new 3D play button will appear closer to the returned directions.

According to Google Maps engineer, Paul Yang, he said in a blog post “that the new map will immediately switch to Earth view and automatically start flying you along your recommended route.”

Users can also pause the 3D preview by poking about off-route areas, all the while remaining in the 3D Earth view. They also can return to the standard two-dimensional view by clicking on the 2D button in the left-hand directions panel.

The 3D route previews, at first glance, appear to mash up the new Google Earth and makes the Google Maps experiences an exciting one.

What do you think about this new development in Google Maps features? Share it below…

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  1. Shailendra Singh Bais

    October 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    These are all developments in row with Google+ Project.

    • techatlast

      October 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. shashank chinchli

    October 17, 2011 at 1:18 am

    awesome ! google is bundling up one or other feature day by day !!!

    • techatlast

      October 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 Thanks SHANSHANK

  3. Adrien

    November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    wow, that’s crazy, after satellite, airplanes and car now they uses helicopters! I wonder what is their map budget, must be huge!

    • Olawale Daniel

      November 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      That’s really nice man 🙂


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