Last week, Google organized the first virtual Google I/O developer conference. The company announced fresh news about Google Maps Platform and we’re happy to recap them in this post!
WebGL features for maps – beta release
Tilt and Rotation
Until now, maps have been limited to a two-dimensional, top-down view of the base map. The tilt and rotation function gives your users an entirely new perspective with 67.5 degrees of tilt and a full 360 rotation of the map both on load and at runtime. Also, 3D building models will appear in the web apps for the first time.
WebGL Overlay View
This function provides a new way to build map user experiences by giving you the option to render 2D and 3D objects directly on the base map. The objects will be rendered as part of the map in three-dimensional space with occlusion and perspective. The graphic below shows WebGL Overlay View implementation of 3D markers.
In June 2020, Google released the beta of Cloud-based maps styling features. The company shared a modern style editor to help you customize, manage, and deploy your maps from the Google Cloud console. Additionally, Google introduced ready-made map styles optimized for particular industries that allow you to get your map creation started fast.
adapted from https://cloudblog-withgoogle-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cloudblog.withgoogle.com/products/maps-platform/google-maps-platform-announcements-google-io-2021/amp/