Bing Blogs: Bing Maps Global Building Footprints Released

Bing Blogs: Bing Maps Global Building Footprints Released. “Microsoft Maps has a dedicated Maps AI (artificial intelligence) team that has been taking advantage of Microsoft’s investments in deep learning, computer vision, and ML (machine learning). Applying all that cool tech to mapping has yielded many useful datasets and our latest worldwide dataset includes a whopping 1.2B building footprints and 174M building height estimates from Bing Maps imagery between 2014 and 2023 including Maxar, Airbus, and IGN France imagery.”

Bing Blog: Discover New Roads with Bing Maps

Bing Blog: Discover New Roads with Bing Maps. “The Microsoft Maps AI Team has detected 47.8M km of all roads and 1.16M km of missing roads from Open Street Maps (OSM). These new roads were detected using Bing Maps imagery collected between 2020 and 2022 including sources from both Maxar and Airbus. The complete set of roads is also shared on Github with the open data community and is freely available for download and use under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).”

New Bing Map Experiences: Distance Calculator, Gas Prices and Parking Finder (Bing Blogs)

Bing Blogs: New Bing Map Experiences: Distance Calculator, Gas Prices and Parking Finder. “Let’s take a little trip. It is raining in Seattle today (surprise, surprise), so we have decided to head to San Diego for the weekend as the weather should be better there. The first thing we want to do is figure out how far it is from Seattle to San Diego, as well as find nearby gas stations with an easy map experience. We’ve heard the drive is beautiful, especially along the Oregon coast, so let’s calculate the driving distance using the Bing Maps Distance Calculator.”

Bing Blog: 11 New 3D Cities are now available

Bing Blog: 11 New 3D Cities are now available. “Microsoft takes petabytes of high-definition aerial imagery from specialized cameras and feeds them into a specialized Azure pipeline to automatically create detailed, fully textured, 3D models. This rich 3D data is used to power multiple applications which let you experience our planet from your device. Touch the map, and instead of looking straight down from above, tilt it, tap it or spin it to immerse yourself and experience the world in new ways.”

Bing Blogs: Did somebody say more Bird’s Eye imagery?

Bing Blogs: Did somebody say more Bird’s Eye imagery?. “The Bing Maps team continues to release more stunning high-resolution oblique (45-degree angle) aerial Bird’s Eye imagery. This most recent wave of Bird’s Eye imagery that was released over the last several months represents over 80,000 square kilometers of new imagery spanning 100+ cities in the United States. In case you missed it, you can find details on previous Bird’s Eye imagery releases in our blog posts from July 2019 and November 2019. With over 300 cities in the United States with new Bird’s Eye imagery, the Bing Maps team will keep rolling out more Bird’s Eye imagery over the coming months and beyond.”

Bing Blogs: Routing made easier with traffic camera images and more

Bing Blogs: Routing made easier with traffic camera images and more. “After launching traffic camera imagery on Bing Maps in April, we have seen a lot of interest in this new feature. You can view traffic conditions directly on a map and see the road ahead for your planned routes. This extra visibility helps you make informed decisions about the best route to your destination. Based on the popularity of this feature, the Bing Maps Routing and Traffic team has made some further improvements to this routing experience.”

Microsoft: Microsoft Soundscape helps the blind and low vision explore the world in 3D sound with Bing Maps

Microsoft: Microsoft Soundscape helps the blind and low vision explore the world in 3D sound with Bing Maps. “Microsoft Soundscape is an application built by the Enable Group in Microsoft Research. It empowers anyone with a visual impairment to experience a mobile voice-based map that offers the independence to explore the world and the ability to choose how to get from place to another. With a stereo headset, a user can traverse their environment using a map delivered in 3D sound. You can hear where landmarks are around you to orient yourself, build a richer awareness of your surroundings, and have the confidence to discover what’s around the next corner.”

Bing Blogs: More Bird’s Eye imagery has been released and static maps API support added!

Bing Blogs: More Bird’s Eye imagery has been released and static maps API support added!. “Since our blog post in July highlighting new Bird’s Eye imagery, we’ve released more of our high resolution oblique 45-degree angle aerial Bird’s Eye imagery and just want to make sure you’re aware of this continued imagery expansion. The recent release of new Bird’s Eye over the last few months represents approximately 50,000 square kilometers of new Bird’s Eye imagery spanning 70 cities in the United States.”

Bing Blog: We’ve Released New Bird’s Eye Imagery!

Bing Blogs: We’ve Released New Bird’s Eye Imagery! . “Bing Maps was one of the first mapping services on the web to offer oblique 45-degree angle aerial imagery, also known as Bird’s Eye. Bing Maps is still as committed as ever to offering fresh high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery. Over the last 12 months we’ve been busy releasing refreshed and expanded Bird’s Eye imagery and we want to make sure our customers and users are aware of the progress we’ve been making. In this effort, we’re excited to say we’ve released approximately 102,000 square kilometers of new Bird’s Eye imagery spanning 100+ cities in the United States over the last several months with more to come.”

Bing Blog: See the Road Ahead with Traffic Camera Images on Bing Maps

Bing Blog: See the Road Ahead with Traffic Camera Images on Bing Maps. “The Bing Maps Routing and Traffic Team is constantly working to make navigation and route planning easier! Hot on the heels of our previous announcement about traffic coloring, the Bing Maps team is proud to announce that we have made it possible for users to access traffic camera images along a planned driving route! You can now see traffic camera icons along a short to moderate-length route. By clicking on a traffic camera icon, you can view the latest image from the traffic camera at that location.”