Google Adds Satellite Images To Google Maps

    April 5, 2005

Google’s recent acquisition of the Keyhole Corporation appears to paying dividends for the search engine. Today, Google announced the integration of Keyhole’s technology into their Google Maps search engine.

The inclusion of satellite technology greatly boosts the usability of Google Maps because, if for nothing else, it gives you the ability to see satellite images of your favorite area in the United States. Not only can you view images of the area, but you can also zoom in or out as well as pan the images from left to right.

Unfortunately, only some areas, usually the major metropolises, support close ups from the satellite images. However, even if you can’t zoom completely, you still get close enough to tell what from what, especially if you know the area in question.

Google commented on the Keyhole technology integration on their blog, which says:

Have you ever wished you could see what someplace looked like before you got there? A house? A hotel? A freeway exit? We thought you might find it useful, so we’ve incorporated Keyhole technology into Google Maps and Google Local. Now when you type an address into Google Maps, you can click the ‘Satellite’ link and see a view of the area. You can zoom, move the view by dragging, and even resize the window just like the normal ‘Maps’ view. Looking for a new apartment or house? Type in an address you’re considering, get a view from the air and, with a quick local search, find out if you can walk to your favorite Saturday morning cup of coffee.

Like Google says, if you want to access satellite images of your area, be sure and click the link, which resides in the upper right-hand corner of the page. As a self-confessed web geek, I would definitely recommend playing around with Google’s newest feature. The Grand Canyon looks incredible, as does Las Vegas.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.