Google pushed out some new data for Google Earth today. No new imagery, but this update broadens the number of countries with detailed information. Here’s a summary of the update:
Roads Layer Expanded – South Africa and Poland now have detailed roads when you turn on the roads layer.
Business Listings – Six additional countries now have business listings: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland. Business listings are a powerful feature in Google Earth which are now found under the layer folder called “Place of Interest“. Here you find things like Dining, Lodging, Bars/Clubs, Coffee Shops, Shopping Malls, and more. After turning the layers on, zoom in to a city and you’ll see lots of icons appear (if the country you’re looking at has the listings). When you click on the placemarks, you usually get an address, phone number, description, and sometimes pictures and reviews. You can also click on a link to “Write a review” yourself.
Transportation Layer Update – The transportation layer is also found under the “Places of Interest” layer folder. This layer has information on a variety of different transportation systems: Airports, Rail, Subway, Tram, Bus, Waterway, and Mountain Rail. The layer now has enhanced graphics with better colors and lines to differentiate the different forms of travel. Google last enhanced this layer in July 2006. Some cities even have detailed public transportation information including schedules and route information which come from the Google Transit project. Google added the transit layer information in June of this year.
See pictures at the Google Lat Long post, or just go check these new layer updates in Google Earth yourself.