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Where does Tesla App "Location" get its satellite pics?

brucet999

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Mar 12, 2015
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My daughter has Blue Max today so I decided to try out the "Location" feature of the Tesla App. It shows her parked near an alley named "Pearmain Way". Google Earth shows that it is actually Permian Way.

So the "Location" view seems to be from a satellite like Google Earth but there are different cars in the picture, so would have to have been shot on a different day.

Are there other satellite services besides Google Earth?

Does anyone know where the Tesla App gets its "Location" satellite views?
 

msnow

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Jul 14, 2015
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SoCal
My daughter has Blue Max today so I decided to try out the "Location" feature of the Tesla App. It shows her parked near an alley named "Pearmain Way". Google Earth shows that it is actually Permian Way.

So the "Location" view seems to be from a satellite like Google Earth but there are different cars in the picture, so would have to have been shot on a different day.

Are there other satellite services besides Google Earth?

Does anyone know where the Tesla App gets its "Location" satellite views?

FWIW, my understanding from someone at the SvC the other day is the 17" screen maps are Google and the IC is Navigon/Garmin. The OS and directional map logic for the NAV system is also Garmin which hasn't been updated in 2 years due to an issue with Garmin. Not sure if all of this is correct but it helps explain the inaccuracy of the NAV and perhaps the difficulty Tesla has in fixing it.
 

FlasherZ

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Jun 21, 2012
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FWIW, my understanding from someone at the SvC the other day is the 17" screen maps are Google and the IC is Navigon/Garmin. The OS and directional map logic for the NAV system is also Garmin which hasn't been updated in 2 years due to an issue with Garmin. Not sure if all of this is correct but it helps explain the inaccuracy of the NAV and perhaps the difficulty Tesla has in fixing it.

OP was referring to the app on the mobile phone. I believe that uses the OS's favored mapping API - I believe that Android is Google-based, Apple is Maps-based. I may be wrong, I mostly use Android and it clearly uses Google.
 

msnow

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Jul 14, 2015
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OP was referring to the app on the mobile phone. I believe that uses the OS's favored mapping API - I believe that Android is Google-based, Apple is Maps-based. I may be wrong, I mostly use Android and it clearly uses Google.

Yes, thanks for letting me know. My apologies.
 

mikeash

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Oct 26, 2014
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Fairfax, VA, USA
Well, sure enough! I didn't even know that Apple maps had a satellite view. Now if the folks up in Cupertino could only spell…

If you open Maps and press the little (i) button in the corner, you can report the issue. They might even fix it! And if they do, the fix will show in the Tesla app too, naturally.
 

garygid

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Aug 11, 2014
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Laguna Hills, Orange County, CA
The "satellite view" is not all photos taken from space.

Most of the higher resolution pictures are/were just aerial photography,
often taken sometime in the last several years ... nowhere near real time images.

Notice when your neighbors add solar panels, a pool, or other landscaping,
or a road is added or changed ... then see how long it takes for the "satellite"
view to show the modification.
 

mikeash

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Oct 26, 2014
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Fairfax, VA, USA
Apple's "satellite view" still shows my entire development as a gigantic hole in the ground, as it was four or five years ago. Google's is much more up to date, at least.
 

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