Aerial perspective imagery

As some of you have pointed out in recent comments, much of the imagery used in the Building Maker tool seems to be angled aerial imagery, similar to the “Bird’s Eye” imagery in Bing Maps. Google is now making that imagery available via the Maps API.
The imagery is currently only available in San Jose and San Diego, but I’d expect it will expand rather quickly. Over time, I’d expect this imagery to help expand the Building Maker areas, and ultimately help more 3D models find their way into Google Earth.
Google has already partnered with a few companies to integrate this new imagery into their sites. Orbitz is using it for hotel searches, and Redfin and Trulia are using it when they show off available real estate.

Perspective imagery

If you’re interested in developing an application that uses this data, head over to the Google Geo Developers Blog to get more information about how to implement it on your site.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. I was wondering, would large amount release of aerial perspective images be a risk to privacy and security ?

  2. There are already tons of Bird’s eye images in Bing Maps so I don’t think that the same service offered by Google (and so far it seems even faster and smoother, at least compared to the Bing AJAX version) can increase risks.

  3. Google Earth mapping works really well to view pre-recorded GPS tracking data over. Many GPS tracking companies are utilizing Google Earth as their main mapping function.

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