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Bing, Google maps add high-def images, location details

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing has unwrapped its newest Bird's Eye imagery views of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Tokyo, as well as more US locations. Meanwhile, areas of Europe, Africa, and Asia got a Google Maps facelift today, providing more geographical detail for locals and tourists alike.

Bing's 215TB of new data brings the project's total coverage to 230,004 square kilometres and includes Tokyo Disneyland, Niagara Falls, the Swedish Parliament, and San Lucido and Isola di Dino in Italy.

Bird's Eye brings high-definition, detailed aerial photos to users through the Oblique Mosaics format, which merges photos together to form one image layer, according to the Bing blog. About 84,450 square kilometres of Bing's newest release is brand-new imagery; the other 145,550 is a "refreshed" view that replaces previous layers.

If you're looking for a more personal mapping experience, Google Maps released new images of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, and Vatican City with more precise details.

Additionally, major points of interest have been updated with more accurate names and locations, including airports, universities, and public areas, according to Google's blog.

Google previously integrated various forms of transportation into its online and mobile maps, but today it took travel to a new level, adding more clearly labelled ferry routes in areas like Naples, Italy.

"Today's improvements [...] are part of our ongoing effort to build maps that are comprehensive, accurate and easy to use," Google Maps engineering manager Michael Weiss-Malik wrote on the company blog.

Earlier this week, the search juggernaut introduced panoramic images of Antarctica to its World Wonders Project, building the site's library of 360-degree views, which also includes landmarks in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia.