If you open Google Maps in your pc (go forward, I’ll wait), you’ll probably see the city or metropolis you reside in, or possibly the final place you seemed up. Now, zoom out. No, greater than that. Keep going. Further!

Until very just lately, Google Maps would have proven you a flat map of the world. About two weeks in the past, nevertheless, Google quietly rolled out (hehe) a change in order that the service now presents you with a 3D globe.

It solely works on desktop, however all main browsers are supported, we’re instructed. We examined it on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge — all of them confirmed the globe simply high quality. This is all due to WebGL (though not WebGL 2).

The change implies that by depicting the world in a spherical kind, Google Maps reveals a extra correct illustration of the world. And no, we’re not simply speaking about Google preventing again towards flat Earth truthers.

A map on a sphere can’t be transferred to a airplane in a conformal and area-preserving method. Put one other method, the spherical map can’t be represented as a airplane with out some kind of distortion — see stereographic projection, Gaussian curvature, and the video beneath.

The cellular model of Google Maps, each the apps and the web site, nonetheless present the world as a airplane. Google Maps was first launched greater than 13 years in the past — hopefully it gained’t take one other 13 earlier than Google Maps cellular will get the 3D globe remedy.

The Google Maps crew has been arduous at work as of late. Globe mode apart, the Google Maps enterprise was utterly revamped in May, and the corporate additionally promised new social and augmented actuality options had been on the way in which.


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