This week Google has launched a new update for its Google Maps service which has brought with it a new helicopter view, which shows you a birds eye view of your route. The new 3D preview feature as Google calls it provides you with an aerial view of the route, as if you were in a helicopter or bird flying above the road.
You can now view your routes before you travel them and even just fly around to explore ares. To enter the new mode just click on the “3D” play button. The map will then switch to Earth view and automatically start flying you along your recommended route.
You can pause the flight at any time by clicking anywhere in the 3D view or on the pause button in the lower left. Once the feature is paused, you can explore the surrounding area in 3D by clicking and dragging the map, then to resume your flight just play button in the lower left of the 3D view.
The pane on the left of the view enables you to track the position you are currently at with your route and even allows you to jump to specific sections if you desire. You can get back to 2D mode by clicking on the “2D” button in the left panel at any time.