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Source : Know before you go, with Google
Google has started to increase the fees that it charges for the use of Google Maps, presenting concerns about whether it might raise prices further in future.As Uber prepares to spend $500m on its mapping ambitions, the programme follows earlier investments in mapping that include the acquisition of an imagery collection team from Microsoft’s Bing last June. Last year Uber also acquired deCarta, a mapping company that developed the turn-by-turn directions behind GM’s OnStar software.
Source : Uber to pour $500m into global mapping project – FT.com
This update was made possible in a large part thanks to the Landsat program and its commitment to free and accessible open data.
Source : Google Lat Long: Keeping Earth up to date and looking great
Project Sunroof is a new online tool we’re testing to help homeowners explore whether they should go solar.
Source : Google Green Blog: Project Sunroof: mapping the planet’s solar energy potential, one rooftop at a time