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Explore Google’s Photorealistic 3D Tiles with Localyse

Google recently launched ‘Photorealistic 3D Tiles’. This new technology realistically maps the environment in 3D and enables virtual experiences. In this blog post, we have a closer look at the use of Google Photorealistic 3D Tiles and explore a number of different applications.

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Google Photorealistic 3D Tiles goes beyond the usual 3D visualisations. Using advanced technologies, such as photogrammetry with high-quality satellite imagery, real environments are captured in 3D detail with texture. The plan is to roll this out globally. For now, only certain areas are supported, such as major cities. Localyse started work immediately to see what the benefits and applications are in practice.

The various applications of Photorealistic 3D Tiles

Tourism and exploration

Imagine being able to explore cities from the comfort of your home as if you were really there. With Google Photorealistic 3D Tiles, this becomes possible. Tourists can visit familiar locations virtually, while tour operators and museums offer interactive experiences to explore the world without being physically present. It can also be a memorable reminder to actually relive a physical experience, such as a guided tour of a historic city. The highlights along the route can then be revisited in detail.


Real estate and development

For property developers and estate agents, Photorealistic 3D Tiles offer the opportunity to give potential buyers a detailed virtual tour of a property. This gives buyers a realistic view of the property and helps in making purchase decisions.

Urban planning and environmental studies

Urban architects and environmental scientists can use this technology to visualise the impact of new projects on the environment. The realistic image enables decision-makers to make informed choices based on detailed building information.

Education and research

Schools can use Photorealistic 3D Tiles to offer students virtual field trips to historical sites, ecological environments and archaeological sites. This makes learning more engaging and interactive.

Gaming and simulation

The gaming industry can use this technology to create impressively detailed virtual worlds. This provides an immersive gameplay experience and opens doors to new forms of entertainment.

The advantages of Photorealistic 3D Tiles

  • Reality: Google Photorealistic 3D Tiles are at a higher level of detail than 3D models widely available to date. The detailed textures and accurate rendering bring virtual environments to life on a large scale.
  • Interactive exploration: Users can now explore detailed virtual environments in simple ways, or integrate into existing applications. This opens doors to educational, recreational and professional applications.
  • Better decision-making: Whether for property purchases or city planning, Photorealistic 3D Tiles provide visual aids that help make informed decisions.

Getting started with 3D tiles? Localyse helps you use location data for your organisation.

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