A few members of the Google Maps team answered some pretty interesting questions on Reddit about the platform, from the community. Business Insider posted some of the highlights from the thread:
- Building shadows within Maps are astronomically correct with the time of day and sun. Google did however scale the shadows.
- Antartica has a street view in Google Maps.
- Google collects 3D views with three laser cameras on their street cars.
- The team is excited about/considering making a 3D game using Maps data.
- Google Maps has a street view partner program for anyone to add street view photos taken with their own camera.
- For colorblind Maps users, Google is figuring out how to accommodate users with the red and green indicators for Traffic.
- Google favors higher quality images that are older over blurry ones that are newer.
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