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Google Maps Brings Wildfires and Tree Coverage Insights, New Address Maker App

Google Maps Wildfire layer is based on satellite data and will have emergency websites and phone numbers.

Google Maps is getting another update called wildfire layer that will help users check for wildfires and get access to better navigation. With the wildfire layer feature, users can see the latest details about multiple fires at once, which will allow them to make informed decisions during times of emergency. Google is additionally carrying Tree Canopy Insights to follow green cover and recognize places at most serious danger from rising temperatures. Additionally, the platform is releasing an Address Maker app to identify the locations without formal addresses. The wildfire layer feature will be available to Google Maps users worldwide on Android, iOS, and desktop starting this October.

Through a blog entry on Wednesday, September 29, Google itemized every one of the new provisions that Google Maps is bringing to its users. The new wildfire layer feature is the expansion of the wildfire boundary map launched last year in the US. It helps with understanding the estimated size and area of fire from their gadgets. The fierce blaze layer will give insights concerning various flames without a moment’s delay. And when the feature is live on your Google Maps application, you can see important details about a fire by tapping on it (red areas with pins), such as its containment, how many acres have burned, and when was the information last reported.

In the US, Google Maps has taken assistance from National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to add more subtleties to the feature. Google says it is planning to expand the data for more countries, starting with Australia later this year. The Wildfire layer will be available to Google Maps users worldwide on Android starting this week. The iOS and desktop users will get it starting this October.

Google is additionally releasing Tree Canopy Insights to more than 100 urban communities all throughout the planet, including Guadalajara, London, Sydney, and Toronto in the main portion of 2022.

The Tree Canopy Insights uses aerial imagery and advanced AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities to identify heat islands (devoid of green cover) that are at high risk of increasing temperatures. Google says the local government can access the free Tree Canopy data to get insights about where to plant trees to increase shade and reduce heat. Google piloted this feature in Los Angeles.

With the new free Address Maker application, Google Maps is supporting individuals who live in places without formal locations. With the free Address Maker application, individuals would now be able to utilize the open course framework called Plus Codes to make exceptional, working locations from an Android application. The six-digit codes can be situated on Google Maps and will be safe. Address Maker helps organizations assign addresses and add missing roads. The company said governments and NGOs in Gambia, Kenya, India, South Africa, and the US are already using Address Maker.