This month there is some interesting news around how Google Maps uses machine learning to predict the potential of solar power for individual properties. New developments in street view make it easy to publish your own images and we answer a frequently asked question about whether your application needs a Google Maps licence or not. We also welcome Raman and Kamal to the Ancoris maps team to help drive our clients future success.
“Google Maps + Google Cloud” Using machine learning to help people make smart decisions about solar energy
We want to make it easy for people to make informed decisions about whether to invest in solar or not and how long it takes to get their money back. Project Sunroof already shows the solar potential and cost saving for more than 60 million individual homes in the US. Last quarter Project Sunroof was expanded to Europe and in cooperation with Eon and Tetraeder have launched it in Germany. Have a look at the potential of savings using PV for any address in Germany using the solar calculator.
Street View Publish API launched
More and more cameras provide the ability to capture 360 degree photos. The Street View Publish API allows your application to publish these automatically to Google Maps, along with image metadata that specifies the position, orientation, and connectivity of each photo. With this API, any app can offer an interface for positioning, connecting, and uploading user-generated Street View images.
When do I need to buy a google maps licence?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get as Google Maps experts and it can be a bit tricky to understand at times. This is why we have published a blog to help clear the air, see it here and find out if your application needs a Google Maps licence.
Welcome to Raman & Kamal to the Ancoris Maps team
We have welcomed two new people into the Ancoris Maps team. Raman Ugra has started as a Geo business manager, many of you will work with Raman going forward. Kamal has also joined as a technical lead working to keep all of our clients maps implementations healthy and working. Hopefully many of you will start working with them soon.
Welcome to Outer Space View
Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View on Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut within the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer, during which time he captured Street View imagery in zero gravity. He returned to Earth in June 2017. To read more see this article.