Google Maps launches 3D photo tours to fly you around famous landmarks

People are travelling around to world to meet new cultures and discover the world and Google Maps lets you visit famous landmarks behind your computer, laptop or other devices. These 3D photo tours might be different from what you will experience in person. However, compared with a travel program or website, photo tours are more worth than a 1,000 words.

Google is also offering Google Street view, but it will only show you an image and Google Maps is letting users experience through a scene with 3D photos. These 3D photo tours are available for more than 15,000 sites around the world such as Eiffel Tour in Paris, St. Mark’s Basilica in Italy and Half Dome in Yosemite.

According to Steven Seitz, software engineer for Google Maps:

“We start by finding clusters of overlapping photos around major landmarks. From the photos, our system derives the 3D shape of each landmark and computes the location and orientation of each photo. Google Maps then selects a path through the best images, and adds 3D transitions to seamlessly guide you from photo to photo as if you’re literally flying around the landmark and viewing it from different perspectives.”

So, Google is using your images to create the photo tours. Users need to make their images public before it will be added on the photo tours.

To make use of Google Maps 3D photo tours, users need to turn on Google Map’s WebGL feature. This is necessary to bring 3D graphics to the browser. How to turn on? Google Maps will automatically ask for permission to turn on once you click on a photo tour.

This would be an easy and quick way to check some nice and popular place though! But would you upload your own-made holiday pictures on Google and share it with others?

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