love how google maps imaging has turned this stretch of freeway into a smudgy river of half-dissolved vehicles, with a floating tech bus-nugget

here's another shot of the floating bus-nugget. an odd little fragment of triangulated point cloud data, sampled from low Earth orbit and wrapped in satellite-sourced texture map. a computer mistake.

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here's a church nearby in the process of being totally rebuilt. i love maps a lot and i enjoy exploring places in this way. it's just a shame that this massive beautiful 3D dataset is owned by a corporation. openstreetmap.org is great for 2D maps though and you should use it!

@jplebreton osm actually has some tags that let people define 3d shapes of buildings, and some software takes advantage of that. my favorite is the one at demo.f4map.com/. sure, it's not satellite-photo generated, and most buildings are just rendered as extruded polygons, but some have some very neat detail.

@impiaaa @jplebreton yeah.

there's also some custom buildings they made, mostly for famous buildings and mostly in paris, where the devs are from, but they can be disabled.

@jplebreton I really want to use the glitch 3D models from it for a project but there's no way to extract them 😠

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