Google, Apple to produce aerial maps

London: US technology giants Google and
Apple are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up
objects just four inches wide, Daily Mail reported Monday.


But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer.

Google
admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a
firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least
20 locations, including London.


Apple’s military-grade cameras
are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes
through skylights and windows.


The technology is similar to that
used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in
Afghanistan, the newspaper said.


Apple has previously used Google
for its mapping services but last year it emerged it had bought C3
Technologies, a 3D mapping company that uses technology developed by
Saab AB, the aerospace and defence company.


There are already 3D maps available online for most big city centres, but the images are often low resolution.

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