WebGL was originally pioneered in Mozilla’s Canvas 3D project and introduced in Firefox earlier this year. This technology is a web standard implemented widely in browsers and allows websites to display hardware-accelerated 3D graphics without the need for third-party software.
Google announced MapsGL today, a version of Google Maps that allows users to experience 3D Maps with WebGL. MapsGL enables users to have a richer Google Maps experience with smoother imagery transitions, more fluid panning and zooming and 3D buildings.
MapsGL is an opt-in experience that is available in Firefox Beta and Chrome 14+.
Download Firefox Beta now to use the new Google MapsGL.