Google Maps is an amazing piece of technology but the Mountain View, Calif. tech giant doesn’t seem to be resting on their laurels. On June 6th, Google will be holding a press conference to show off the next dimension of Maps technology. Google plans to share their “vision” of what’s to come and give a “sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go — both physically and virtually”. The mention of dimension (rhyme not intended) leads us to believe this latest Maps software will be heavy in 3D rendering. Typically when you use Google Maps, or any mapping software for that matter, you largely view things in 2D from a birds eye view. Google recently added in functionality that allows 3D outlines of buildings to pop up when you zoom into a location close enough, but full 3D viewing still isn’t here quite yet.
This announcement makes perfect timing as Apple is holding WWDC just 5 days later on June 11th. Apple is highly rumored to launch their own in-house developed 3D maps software while giving Google Maps the cut. It’ll be tough for any company to simply leapfrog Google Maps in terms of reliability and functionality (if not impossible), so it’ll be interesting to see how the two tech giants battle in this arena. Let the Map wars begin!