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July
18

We’ve Released New Bird's Eye Imagery!


The latest publication of Bird's Eye includes 215 TB of new data that spans across the United States and features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. The total coverage of this publication is 230,004 square kilometers and consists of over 1.1 million files!

Refreshed Areas with New Bird's Eye

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo, Japan

Virgin Valley Ranch Road
Humboldt County, Nevada

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Stadium
New York, New York

Denver International Airport
Denver, Colorado

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This oblique perspective of the world is a special feature of Bing Maps, and we are proud to announce Bird's Eye has a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers of imagery.

That's a total of 302 TB of data!

New and Total Bird's Eye Coverage

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The detail map above displays the total coverage of Bird's Eye imagery that is live on Bing Maps!

 

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RELEASE:

 

The Bird's Eye map mode is composed of three data types:

  1. Native Bird's Eye scenes are the original oblique aerial photos that are accessed individually at the highest zoom levels. This imagery captured at a 45 degree angled perspective provides incredible detail, particularly of buildings and landmarks.
  2. Bird's Eye Oblique Mosaics are original oblique aerial photos that have been merged together to form a seamless image layer.
  3. Oblique projected aerial is comprised of nadir (or top-down) photography projected onto a digital terrain model at a 45 degree angle to provide topological depth perception where Bird's Eye data is not available.

Learn more about a Bird's Eye view by clicking here.

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BREAKDOWN OF THIS RELEASE:
84,451 square kilometers of the total release is brand new Bird's Eye Oblique Mosaic. These are areas that, prior to this release, original Bird's Eye imagery was not available to end users. The remaining 145,553 square kilometers of the total release includes "refreshed" Bird's Eye, that is, new Oblique Mosaics replacing older Bird's Eye layers.

More captivating views in Bird's Eye…

Niagara Falls
Ontario, Canada and New York, U.S.A.

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San Lucido
Italy

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Isola di Dino
Italy

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Swedish Parliament
Stockholm, Sweden

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- The Bing Maps Team

Comments

  • use the different angels to make a 3D map of it :)

  • It is really of very good work!Continue like that :-)

  • I've just discovered this feature and I'm absolutely fascinated. That's what future maps should look like. Keep adding more locations and thank you for your work.

  • Crystal clear imagery. Well done :).

  • Would it be possible for you to include birdseye imagery into the maps application for Windows Phone 8? That would be a killer feature and is sorely missing from Bing Maps mobile at the moment. You don't have to support it for Android or iOS :P

  • OMG, what a view.

  • Is there anyway to find out the imagery dates for a particular area.  Roughly around 37.18333 N and -118.68333.  Thanks.

  • You can get the dates of when Aerial imagery was taken by using the Imagery Metadata Map app here: www.bing.com/maps or you can use the Bing Maps Imagery metadata REST services.

  • It is quite amazing images. only thing is you've got bird's eye and aerial mixed up on bing maps.  bird's eye is from directly up ahead and aerial is from an angle, obvious when you think about what you would see if on the top of an aerial mast or if you were a bird.