A textured 3D model of London is nothing new. Google has released its first mesh London 3D map in Google Earth as far back as 2012. This really beautiful and detailed city model is still the hallmark we compare ourselves to – certainly in terms of visual fidelity. But despite the obvious similarities, the purpose and intended use mean that there are some major differences. Google Maps is aimed at customers using the 3D model in a browser, usually using the 3D model as a “better map” to navigate a complex multi-level city environment.
AccuCities textured 3D London model is, on the other hand, aimed at business customers using the model as a way to visualise proposed changes to the environment, usually in a city-wide context. Our focus is therefore on the textures of roof structures and top sections of buildings, leaving residual errors and shadowing in the lower-ground sections of the model as an acceptable drawback. When required, these imperfections can be re-textured by a customer or by us to order. Read more: Re-texturing focus buildings in 3D London.