Thursday, July 19, 2012

Map data updates for parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia

More maps!

As part of Google's mission to provide the most complete and authoritative maps to everyone, we’re excited to announce upgraded maps for Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, and the Vatican City.

Today’s update follows previous updates in North America, Europe, and Australasia, and is part of an ongoing project we call Ground Truth: in which we source data from regional partners, supplement the data with satellite and Street View imagery, and apply a mix of algorithms and human judgement to produce a consistent and reliable geographic dataset which we can update quickly and corresponds as closely as possible to, well, the truth on the ground. In this case you’ll find our maps now include more precise area boundaries, greater coverage of road networks, and more comprehensive local points of interest. To capture and quickly fix errors reported by our users, we’ve also enabled the Report a Problem tool for these countries.

What does this mean for you, our 800,000 developers? For most of you, these updates will simply roll out over the next 24 hours and your Maps API applications will automatically display the latest imagery; however, for those developers who have cached results from any of our Maps API Web Services, please refresh your cache as soon as possible to ensure your results include the latest information.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please post them to our Google Maps API forums and we’ll be happy to respond.