Google Earth Covers 98 Per Cent of Entire Population

Google Earth Covers 98 Per Cent of Entire Population

Starting with Street View, Google says it has mapped more than 10 million miles, the equivalent of circling the earth more than 400 times.

"While these stunning photos show us parts of the world we may never get a chance to visit, they also help Google Maps accurately model a world that is changing each day", the post reads. On Friday, the search giant pulled back the curtain a little more on its ongoing effort to map the globe, revealing the breathtaking amount of the planet the company has now mapped and photographed.

Per CNET, the blog post marks the first time that Google has released this sort of in-depth information and numbers about Maps, a feature that more than one billion people use monthly. Also, it says Google Earth has 36 million square miles of HD satellite images you can browse, and those images cover areas where 98 percent of the entire population lives.

That's enough to stretch around the Earth more than 400 times in a distinctive Street View auto, Google told CNET.

For 12 years, Google's Street View cars have been driving around the world with that unmistakable camera on the roof that has gradually captured vast megacities, less populated cities and hamlets and everything in between.

Each Street View auto includes its own photo processing centre and lidar sensors that use laser beams to accurately measure distance.

In addition, Google explained that it uses a technique called photogrammetry to stitch several images together.

These trekkers are carried by boats, sheep, camels and even scout troops to gather high-quality photos from multiple angles, often in some of the hardest-to-map places around the world.

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