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Google Maps Just Got a Colorful New Update

Google Maps Just Got a Colorful New Update

Google Maps is getting a colorful new update in the coming weeks, adding terrain and street-level granularity to its UI that, after 15 years, was in desperate need of a makeover. To do this, Google’s using computer vision (a form of AI) to analyze landscape features in its extensive library of satellite imagery and color-code them based on the terrain—sandy beaches and deserts in tan, snowy mountain tops in white, and vegetation in green, with the denser the forest or local plant life, the darker the shade—so that users can get a better idea of an area at a glance.

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