There's an announcement on http://ylocalblog.com/
about the improvement of
satellite image resolution on our consumer maps as of yesterday - by a
factor of 4 in many U.S. cities. This will make it out to our apis.
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April 11th, 2008
The Yahoo! Maps team is happy to announce the single biggest imagery update
on maps.yahoo.com <http://maps.yahoo.com
> since the program inception.
While we've steadily added new cities around the world every month (over 500
now) since the beginning, we haven't made as much of a change in the US
until today. Our latest release improves both breadth and depth.
Going wide, we've made big improvements in our wall-to-wall coverage of the
United States, improving our back-drop data for a number of complete states,
including California, Oregon, New York, the Carolina's, and numerous other
states in the west and midwest. State-wide, you'll see an improvement in
freshness, color and clarity. Here's an example up at McCloud,
which is a beautiful part of California near Mt. Shasta.
Going deep, and I think more importantly, we've enabled up to 2 extra zoom
levels of aerial photography and satellite imagery for the Satellite button
for hundreds of cities around the US. Not only can you see more detail, but
in many places the imagery has gotten a welcomed refresh as well. To see
what I mean, check this out new view of Denver
I've always believed that satellite and aerial imagery adds an important
context to understanding our maps and driving directions, and with this
update, I hope you'll agree with me that this feature is even more useful.
Michael Lawless, Sr. Product Manager, Yahoo! Maps
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