We now have quadrupled the resolution for Israel and Palestine! This new imagery gives our customers the highest-resolution imagery available to plan a hike, check a delivery, or navigate between cities.
Previously, the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment prohibited US companies from providing imagery in this region at resolutions greater than 2 meters per pixel. This law was changed in 2020, with the new restriction set at 40 centimeters. We worked with our imagery partner, Maxar, to take delivery of their 50 cm Vivid product to provide consistency with the global imagery update we made in late 2020.
The improved resolution provides greater detail to buildings, roads, and natural features. The recent nature gives a more current view, with the newest imagery being collected over the summer of 2021. Combining this imagery with terrain in GL JS v2 provides a unique 3D perspective in great detail.