Google has announced that it has a new way to make money off its aerial images that you see on Google maps. The search giant is now offering to sell the images to businesses that want to see their assets on a map. Google is selling the images directly to users looking to use them for public service projects.
Those projects can include things like property evaluation, environmental impact studies, and others. These images were previously available to users via the Maps API, but users could only view the images and were unable to manipulate them.
"We hear from organizations that they want to own and have access to aerial imagery for their business," said a Google spokesperson. Satellite images are still not available for purchase, only the aerial images Google offers.