I’ve discovered a disturbance in the Matrix. Nothing as simple as a cat walking past twice, or a choice of red or blue pills, or a conversation with The Architect – I’ve discovered that Google is trialling a new google maps thing with Auckland, and it has not yet been spread to Wellington. Or, indeed, the rest of the world… Google are using NZ – Auckland – as a test bed for the world. Check this out.
Auckland and Wellington at the same scale, right? So far, so similar…
Auckland above, Wellington below:
You can see that they have just used aerial mapping and stitched them together. A plan still looks like a plan… So, let’s zoom in a little, one click more, to the next scale boundary. Wellington first:
That’s the way we’re used to seeing it – buildings slightly askew.
But then here is Auckland, subjected to the same one click more zoom: radically different!
Now that’s interesting! They have gone and done an Apple Maps – and posted the building facades onto a 3D model, so it looks real (ish). There are still a few wrinkles to iron out – note how the SkyTower leans one way and the ASB tower leans another way… all looks a bit cack-handed if you look at it closely, but for a tourist, or a nosey architect, it’s great!
All images thanks to google, care of Larry and Serge…