Google plays “I Spy” with Sydney

Make your mark on Australia… literally. Here’s a chance to make a spectacle of yourself in front of the whole world on Australia Day.

On Friday, an aircraft hired by Google will be doing a series of low-level swoops over parts of Sydney, photographing the ground and waters below. The three-seater plane, decked out in Google livery, will have special permission to fly at an altitude of 600m.

Providing the photographs turn out to be good enough quality, the images will be integrated into Google Maps, the free online mapping service used by millions of people around the world.

Usually, people aren’t aware when they are caught in aerial photographs that later end up being used in Google Maps. This time however Google actually wants Sydneysiders to do whatever they can to make themselves visible. The company is encouraging people to wear something distinctive, hold up a sign (face-up), draw in the sand, or even arrange themselves into a “fun formation”.

According to Mr Lars Rasmussen, head of engineering for Google Australia and one of the lead engineers for Google Maps, the images will be the highest resolution available on the popular mapping service.

He said the images will add a “few more zoom levels” to the local maps and be between three to four times more detailed than are currently available for Australian terrain on Google Maps.

Source: SMH

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