Google announced today that it has improved maps in Thailand and Indonesia as part of a project called Ground Truth, which it started back inn 2008. The project is simply Google's initiative to prove more comprehensive and accurate maps.
"Through this project, we use high-quality map data from authoritative sources around the world and then apply a mix of advanced algorithms, supplemental data (including satellite, aerial and Street View imagery), and human input to help create a map that mirrors the real world as closely as possible," explains Brian McClendon, VP Google Maps and Google Earth.
"For example, the updated map for Thailand now provides more comprehensive information about the Bangkok city center," adds McClendon. " So next time you happen to find yourself needing to cross the Chao Phraya River, you’ll be able to see that many ferry routes across the river are now mapped in greater detail, with route names shown and piers clearly marked. You can also pinpoint nearby points of interest, such as the Grand Palace and other sites like Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha)."
Google has added more info to the maps as well, including improved local language labels and more detailed coverage of prominent places, such as universities and hospitals.
Additionally, Google is now including more of Thailand and Indonesia's natural geography. Many of Indonesia's 17,000 islands, for example, are appearing on Google Maps for the first time. This includes Komodo Island.
This week, Google also released its biggest update to date for Street View.