“It’s starting to become, typically, one country a month,” said Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth. In a recent update, Google Earth added high-resolution images of the entire Netherlands, he said.
Jones, who has more than 100 engineers working on his team that also develop Google Maps, said local advertisement can make the geographical data much more useful.
“There are several tens of billions of dollars in revenue available for local advertisement,” Jones said. “I will be really proud to see more advertisement on Google Maps and Google Earth. Wouldn’t it be great if you could look up locations of hotels, and also get a list of top five-rated ones?”