Google Maps has givenÂ LondonÂ a 3D makeover, allowing us to fly around the city like never before. Click on the EarthÂ view of the map and, voilÃ , you are now flying through the virtual city as if in a computer game. All the buildings, bridges and landmarks within London are rendered and their perspectives change as you scroll around.
London is the latest UK city to receive the new makeover, others include Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Stoke-on-Trent. So now you do not need to go to the top of the Shard to see what London looks like, simply pull it up on Google Maps and move around. What is more, weather will never get in your way. It is am impressive achievement, yet Google plans for more with the release of Project Tango and the desire to create a 3D map of the entire world, inside and out.
These 3D maps are an addition to the Street View panoramas (orÂ photospheresÂ as Google likes to call them). The later still provide the best images from street level, producing interactive virtual tours of cities, like this virtual tour of London. When zoomed in, the 3D models on Google maps lack definition, as seen when compared with this virtual tour of Trafalgar Square below:
Written by Peter Watts