Just a couple weeks after executive chairman Eric Schmidt returned from North Korea, Google has published more detailed maps of the country.
“The goal of Google Maps is to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate, and easy-to-use modern map of the world,” said Google Map Maker senior product manager Jayanth Mysore. “As part of this mission, we’re constantly working to add more detailed map data in areas that traditionally have been mostly blank. For a long time, one of the largest places with limited map data has been North Korea. But today we are changing that with the addition of more detailed maps of North Korea in Google Maps.”
“To build this map, a community of citizen cartographers came together in Google Map Maker to make their contributions such as adding road names and points of interest,” added Mysore. This effort has been active in Map Maker for a few years and today the new map of North Korea is ready and now available on Google Maps. As a result, the world can access maps of North Korea that offer much more information and detail than before.”
Google acknowledges that the map is not perfect, and it is encouraging people to continue using Map Maker to help it improve.
The updated maps are now live .