Google Maps now includes information on wildfires and tree coverage, as well as a new address maker app
Google Maps will receive a new update called wildfire layer, which will allow users to check for wildfires and gain access to improved navigation. Users can see the most recent details about multiple fires at once with the wildfire layer feature, allowing them to make informed decisions in an emergency. Satellite data will be used to power the feature. Tree Canopy Insights, a Google product, will track green cover and identify areas at risk from rising temperatures. In addition, the platform is releasing an Address Maker app to help people find places that do not have formal addresses. Starting in October, Google Maps users around the world will be able to use the wildfire layer feature on Android, iOS, and desktop.
Google detailed all of the new features that Google Maps is bringing to its users in a blog post published on September 29. The new wildfire layer is an expansion of the wildfire boundary map that was launched in the United States last year. It helps them figure out the size and location of a fire from their devices. The wildfire layer will provide information on multiple fires at the same time. When the feature is available on your Google Maps app, you can tap on a fire to see important details about it (red areas with pins), such as its containment, the number of acres burned, and when the information was last updated.
In the United States, Google Maps enlisted the help of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to improve the feature. Google says it plans to expand the data to more countries later this year, starting with Australia. Starting this week, Google Maps users on Android around the world will be able to access the Wildfire layer. It will be available to iOS and desktop users in October.
In the first half of 2022, Google will roll out Tree Canopy Insights to over 100 cities around the world, including London, Sydney, and Toronto.
Aerial imagery and advanced AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities are used by Tree Canopy Insights to identify heat islands (areas with no green cover) that are at high risk of rising temperatures. Local governments, according to Google, can use the free Tree Canopy data to learn where to plant trees to increase shade and reduce heat. This feature was tested in Los Angeles by Google.
Google Maps is assisting people who live in areas without formal addresses with the new free Address Maker app. People can now use the open course system called Plus Codes to create unique, functional addresses from an Android app with the free Address Maker app. The six-digit codes will be navigable and can be found on Google Maps. Address Maker is a tool that allows businesses to assign addresses and add missing roads. Governments and NGOs in Gambia, Kenya, India, South Africa, and the United States, according to the company, are already using Address Maker.