Google just announced new enhanced road layers within Google Earth. The enhancements cover at least the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands – according to the brief announcement at the GEC here:
Jan 18th, 7pm (PST) The road layers have been updated in a number of ways. Have a look in the US, in Canada, in Puerto Rico, and in the US Virgin Islands to see some of the enhancements.
To see the new roads, turn on the Roads layer. The colors are now different for the roads, and look more like those found in Google Local. Also, the roads declutter as you zoom out, and the lines for the roads disappear when you’re close enough to see the roads themselves from the aerial/satellite photography. Some of the road data seems more accurate than before. And, the road data was a bit more up to date at least in one place I looked at.
The decluttering effect seemed to apply to the UK and Italy when I looked, but I didn’t notice a lot of different data for those countries. Anyone else notice something else new?