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  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:38:49 PM
    First launch of map in 2005 was US only. So much for comprehensiveness. Things have improved a bit since then.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:39:03 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:39:18 PM
    In 2006, it had the outlines, but there were still big blank spots. By 2008, it had maps but not all the imagery.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:39:22 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:39:41 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:39:44 PM
    In 2012: 75% of world is covered with high-res imagery: 75% of people can see their house.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:39:56 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:40:11 PM
    Street View: Now in 39 countries, taking 65 megapixel pixs.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:40:11 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:40:26 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:40:38 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:40:47 PM
    Announcing: We've driven over 5 million miles for Street View. It now has over 20 petabytes of data.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:40:55 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:41:08 PM
    Google now building own maps, with project Ground Truth. A 5 -year mission to build own maps from raw data
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:41:20 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:41:25 PM
    Great visual from the buidling "Atlas" tool.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:41:38 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:42:04 PM
    For countries w/o good base maps, we launched MapMaper in 2008. "In many countries, this is the best map they have." Pakistan, for example.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:42:25 PM
    "People who are experts in their area are able to add detail."
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:33 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:36 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:39 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:42 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:45 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:42:48 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:43:04 PM
    Now, ACCURACY...
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:43:12 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:43:25 PM
    Talking about problem of orthorectification. Got that?
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:43:38 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:43:57 PM
    It's difficult to align images with maps.
    Sometimes plate tectonics can lead to issues in images being a little off.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:44:27 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:44:35 PM
    In California, plates move 2.5 inches a year.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:44:45 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:44:54 PM
    Over 20 million precise geocodes in Maps help correct this.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:45:13 PM
    Users also help correct issues. Editorial comment: See also Waze - love it.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:45:36 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:45:45 PM
    Google gives editing, reporting tools to users. When Google publishes, all users get corrections w/in a few minutes.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:45:53 PM
  • Nicholas Zahn 6/6/2012 4:46:00 PM
    @Rafe Re:orthorectification - The process of connecting imagery with points/paths aka roads and buildings.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:46:13 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:46:15 PM
    Launching in 10 countries this month - Map Maker
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:46:24 PM
    Third topic: USABILITY
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:47:00 PM
    Key feature: The single search box for maps. Gets you driving directions, in any language, plus business direction, address lookup, etc.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:47:00 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:47:52 PM
    Example: "Boutique Hotels in SF" from a job seeker - got her interviews and a job.
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