GoogleMapsMania has blogged that Google has released new data for the following countries with new roads/streets maps:
This is a lot of new coverage! Not sure yet whether this means directions are available for all these countries. Russia, for example, has some new major roads, and big cities have down to smaller streets – but, other cities are still missing street-level data. I did notice that Moscow even has building outlines in the city (although not the new 2.5D buildings like in the US). Also, they probably do not have “Local Business” search available. But, Google has been adding more data on a global basis at a prodigious rate.
So, why am I blogging about it? Because once they release it to Google Maps, they inevitably begin working on porting the data over to Google Earth as well. So, in a few weeks or months (it took six months for New Zealand and Australia) we can expect GE will have even more road layer data and possibly points of interest layers (dining, lodging, parks, etc.) as well for some or all of these countries!