Google Earth Brings 3D Buildings to the Virtual San Francisco Bay Area

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Google just announced that Google Earth now features high-quality 3D-models of virtually all of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Google’s hometown of Mountain View, Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Sunnyvale.┬áTo see this expanded 3D coverage, you will need to turn on “3D Buildings” in Google Earth.

If you are using Google Earth 6.0 – the latest version currently available – you will also be able to see 3D trees in San Francisco.

Google already offers 3D buildings in other cities around its virtual globe in Google Earth, including New York. It is also worth noting that Microsoft’s Virtual Earth application was among the first to feature 3D buildings. Microsoft was able to generate these relatively quickly by using radar data to create its models while Google seems to be using a more manual hands-on approach.

If you would like to improve how your own building looks like in Google Earth or help create more 3D buildings, you can use Google’s easy to use Building Maker and SketchUp tools to do so.

Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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