Commending the contribution of citizens of Faisalabad in mapping the city, Vice President of Google Maps, Brian McClendon, during a press briefing this week declared the map of the city “almost more detailed than any American city.”
He said, “It is one of the best examples I have ever seen. Over a period of four years, it went from a naked map to almost more detailed than any American city I know.”
McClendon said that the people who were experts in their areas were able to add details through Map Maker, which Google Maps developed in 2008.
He said that in countries where good base maps were not available, there was a need of the application, which has proven to be a great source of mapping cities across the world.
Speaking about Faisalabad’s mapping, the Google VP said, “Labels in different languages, local business listings, bike paths, parks, areas can be seen which are user-contributed.”
Earlier, Google Inc announced that it was deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities in its ambitious and controversial plan to create a digital map of the world.
Google had declined to name the cities, but it showed a demonstration of a 3D map of San Francisco, in which a user can navigate around an aerial view of the city.
McClendon had said the privacy issues were similar to all aerial imagery and that the type of 45-degree-angle pictures that the planes take have been used for a long time.