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Aerial view in Maps app are old

  1. #11


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    People really think its ok for the Maps app to have three or four year old images? In this day and age?

    Especially when other services have up to date images?

    Keep drinking the Kool Aid.
    Other services don't have fully up to date data

    Google admits their maps are up to 3 years out of date

    https://support.google.com/maps/answer/22040?hl=en

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  2. #12


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Agreed Paul.
    Satellite tracking and up to date maps, wherever they are? Are two completely different things. My wife had trouble with that one.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Other services don't have fully up to date data

    Google admits their maps are up to 3 years out of date

    https://support.google.com/maps/answer/22040?hl=en
    That seems like a standard disclaimer and the key in that is "up to". The Google maps image for my neighborhood is not three years old. Hard to pinpoint its exact date but its definitely not as old as what I see on the Maps app which has to be four or more years old when I think about it.

    Another poster says when he looks at Google maps it is five years old.

    I thought the images were shared between services. If one has an up to date image for an area all of the majors should.
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  4. #14


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    not sure if this is still up to date
    Bing Aerial Imagery Analyzer for OpenStreetMap
    zoom in very close on your neighbourhood and see what date it shows (need to zoom right in for accurate date)

    checked for me (North East area of UK) and the dates are Sept 2011
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    not sure if this is still up to date
    Bing Aerial Imagery Analyzer for OpenStreetMap
    zoom in very close on your neighbourhood and see what date it shows (need to zoom right in for accurate date)

    checked for me (North East area of UK) and the dates are Sept 2011
    This is not very crisp. But others are not much better either. I use Here: HERE - City and Country Maps - Driving Directions - Satellite Views - Routes
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  6. #16


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    I am using Here maps more at the moment (since getting WP)

    Not sure how up to date the maps are, but it's nice to be able to favourite a place in the Windows App (Metro) and have it sync across and be there on the phone
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    People really think its ok for the Maps app to have three or four year old images? In this day and age?

    Especially when other services have up to date images?

    Keep drinking the Kool Aid.
    I agree with you, it's really a let down to show old images, they should know that we are not 5 year olds and remove the App if it costs them too much.
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  8. #18


    There would be real bad traffic jam in orbit to cover whole earth with hi-res pictures in real time. Not even military cam afford to have real time coverage on all the places on earth ( they would love it I bet) NSA, CIA and the rest of them would be thrilled. This way as it is now, satellites have to spend air on jets to move them a bit to change coverage or in case of newer ones power to change position of gyros. Then there are temperature gradients and clouds in the atmosphere that hamper hi-res photography and have to make thousands of pictures of one place just to get clear view. Ad to that the fact that with higher magnification comes narrower field. After all that software has to seamlessly stitch all the pictures together and make all that available to us on internet. And all that is just to get picture down to 2000 meters, after that airplanes take over and have to make even more pictures with even more details just to look like looking down from 200 meters.
    OK, now we got to that height and than come funny cars with glittering sphere on the roof that has to drive thru a lot of streets an collect few gigabytes of data for every block for "Street view".
    After all that somebody gets disappointed that he can't follow his cat chasing mice.
    Well maybe some day or if some little green man come earlier and give us technology for that it will be possible. Maybe even some clever lawyer will find some loop hole in the laws of physics so we can expect something that makes 1% of those 100 or so bucks we payed for windows to give us all that.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    not sure if this is still up to date
    Bing Aerial Imagery Analyzer for OpenStreetMap
    zoom in very close on your neighbourhood and see what date it shows (need to zoom right in for accurate date)

    checked for me (North East area of UK) and the dates are Sept 2011
    Using your link the image of my neighborhood is not the same as I see when I use the Maps app. It is more current(2011). The one on the Maps app is at least from 2010 or earlier.

    Why the discrepancy? Shouldn't the Maps app be using that image?
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  10. #20


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Unless you want to pay, even Google is outdated in a lot of areas. I live in a large metropolitan area as well and the Google map is at least a couple of years old. It is free! If the map is current, consider yourself lucky. I'm happy just to have the capability and not disappointed at all.

    Amen antspants.
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