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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Google Unveils Satellite Map Feature

Online search engine leader Google Inc. has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on satellite images. This makes a great combination with their current mapping feature allowing users to overlay destination routes on the satellite images.

Searchable sites of interest such as The Staples Center in Los Angeles, or the SBC Center in San Antonio are highlighted on maps with a quick Google Maps query. If you're a person who likes to see what it will look like when you're actually driving to the site, you can easily see where you want to go, and its surroundings, with a click of the satellite link. This helps finding where you want to go if you like using visual references.

Google Maps is obviously in direct competition with MapQuest, and has some other features that will definitely keep their competitors on their toes.

While satellite images have in the past been sold as online services, Google's satellite feature is currently free to use.

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