But thanks to Google Maps, parking tickets may be a thing of the past.

Yes, a few handy new features mean that you will be able to track your car, and therefore never lose it… Using location services on your phone, your car will be marked by a blue marker – so you will always know where it is.

On both Android and i OS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone.

According to Google, the data they compile amounts to over a petabyte, or 700 trillion pixels. According to The Google Earth Blog, the more popular a place is, the more often it will be updated.

Google doesn’t release the frequency of updates but we know that it differs depending on where in the world you live. Some parts of the country are updated weekly like New York, Washington D. More rural places where change is at a slower pace get fewer updates.

The Landsat program is government funded but the data it gathers is available for all.

Scientists, researchers, environmental groups and Google Maps are just some of the people that access this information to learn more about the earth and how it changes over time. For other places in the world, it could be the same, or every couple of years.

We were asked an intriguing question last week that sent me on quite a research adventure.

It concerned Google Maps, something I have only used a few times but had always wanted to explore further and never got around to it. These offer very detailed views covering almost the entire surface of the planet.The question was ‘How often does Google Maps update and when will it update next? Also see our article How To Find Your GPS Coordinates on an Android Device Apparently, Google Maps uses imagery from NASA and the U. Google accesses these images and also uses a special tool to remove clouds so we get an uninterrupted view of the world.All this information is put into a copy of Earth Engine which crunches all the data and creates the map.But if you don't want to wait for the wide release then you can download Google Maps v9.49 beta from the Google Play store right now.After you download the update, open the Google Maps app and tap the blue dot that's marking your current location.You can also click to start a timer, meaning your phone will go off when you’re nearing the end of the time on your parking meter. Sadly, the addition to the app is only currently available on Android – however if you’re that desperate you can always sign up to be a Beta tester.