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New service from Google Maps lets you explore the area from a bird's fly

Google Maps service became convenient and now provides more opportunities for getting information about object or area of interest. Developers have improved the product by adding aerial photos of various cities.

If a few months ago this feature was experimental, now it's available in normal version of Google Maps. The advantage of viewing objects from a bird's-eye view over the standard map is that images are made at an angle of 45. Thus, the user is looking not at right angles from top down and sees only roofs of houses, but gets more detailed image of buildings. Plus, one can rotate the image and see the object from all sides.

It is noteworthy that the new function does not require activation. It is automatically connects after you decide to increase the area of a map provided in the form of a satellite image. Unfortunately, now the service covers cities located primarily in the United States and South Africa.

Previously, such a feature Bird's Eye was presented in the cartographic service search engine Bing by Microsoft, which up to the moment managed to accumulate images of many cities. As for the functionality, both these services are similar to each other.

Digital cartography and GPS navigation 13-09-2010