(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google announced earlier today that it has acquired satellite startup Skybox Imaging, a move that could further the tech giant’s vision to bring Internet access to remote areas of the world.
This $500 million acquisition will help to ensure the accuracy and quality of the satellite imagery used in Google Maps.
“Skybox and Google share more than just a zip code. We both believe in making information (especially accurate geospatial information) accessible and useful. And to do this, we’re both willing to tackle problems head on — whether it’s building cars that drive themselves or designing our own satellites from scratch,” says a blog post from Skybox.
Google hopes that eventually “Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in.”
Earlier this month reports surfaced claiming that Google is planning on spending more than $1 billion on a project to offer Internet access to those who in some of the world’s most remote areas.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the project will begin with 180 “small, high capacity satellites” that orbit the earth at low altitudes through its Project Loon initiative.