Fresh from being named the UK Outdoor Industry’s Digital Product of the Year, Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Maps has become even better with the inclusion of an immersive 3D HD view of Great Britain’s landscape.
Timed for the start of the outdoors season, and offering stunning views of the country, Aerial 3D has been purposely designed to help outdoor enthusiasts stay safe, view routes as never before and discover new places to visit.
OS and Aerial 3D
OS’s service contains over 750,000 publicly shared routes, including thousands of professional routes published by walking, cycling and mountaineering publications and organisations. Users can either follow one of these published routes or create their own.
In Aerial 3D, the routes can be easily viewed from all heights and angles. You can look at Ben Nevis, Snowdonia and other mountainous peaks in fine detail from all possible positions while sitting at your desktop. And it’s the same with Britain’s rugged and varied coastline, which users can travel, taking in its impressive cliffs and pathways along the way.
Ultimately though, what this visualisation does is give explorers planning their journey a better perspective of a route’s difficulty and its potential risks and dangers.
Take a look:
Nick Giles, Ordnance Survey Leisure Managing Director, said:
The introduction of the Aerial 3D viewing tool is another major step in making the outside enjoyable, accessible and safe for all. The new feature is perfect for anyone thinking of hiking, biking or climbing in Britain. It helps them to plan in accordance with their skills and experience. And importantly, being able to see routes clearly in this way should help people get inspired to do more in the great outdoors and at the same time keep safe. There’s nothing else like it available, and this is the first of a number of exciting new features we shall be introducing over the coming months.
The Aerial 3D view is intended to complement standard OS maps, OS Landranger (1:50k) and OS Explorer (1:25), that have been staple to walkers and hikers for decades.
Subscribers to the OS Maps will be able to start using Aerial 3D right away. But OS are also offering a free no-commitment 7-day free trial for new users to try out the new technology. Visit OS website for more information.