Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Roads, locations in North Korea added to Google Maps

updated 12:03 pm EST, Tue January 29, 2013

Used crowdsourced information over multiple years for map

Google has updated its Maps to include detailed road and landscape information for North Korea, something not offered before by the service. Previously showing just the coastline, rivers and the location of Pyongyang, the new additions are the culmination of years of work by residents of the secretive country using Google Map Maker.

People inside the country's borders used the tool by adding roads, location names, and points of interest, according to the Google Maps Blog. It is acknowledged that the data is not perfect as it is user generated, instead of relying on government-provided data or it's own Google Streetview car fleet. Updates submitted to Map Maker and approved will make their way to the full Google Maps product, not just for North Korea, but for other areas of the world.

Company chairman Eric Schmidt recently traveled to North Korea with his daughter, in what was considered a political visit to encourage the country to join the Internet, instead of secluding itself from the rest of the world entirely.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News