Google just announced that they updated the Google Maps data shown on touchscreens of every airplane seat. This is part of their continued partnership as Virgin America is a ‘high-tech’ airline offering in flight WiFi. The newly improved Google Maps for Virgin America – just like every other map in the sky – shows you where you are. But with Google you can zoom and pan to explore. The newly added features now include terrain view and fresh Google data so the maps are not only prettier, but also highlight mountains, elevation and other natural features.
As Google describes it in their blog:
…it more closely matches what you’d actually see if you had cloud-penetrating eyesight and looked out the window from 35,000 feet.