Since it was first released, back in 2005,Google Maps has allowed millions of users to travel around the worldNo need to move from your home. During all these years, the popular map application has not stopped evolving. There are many changes that this service has experienced, since the incorporation in 2007 of Street View -view at street level- to the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and visual recognition.
Little is left of that original Google Maps, when in 2004the Danish brothers Lars and Jens Eilstrup RasmussenThe technological giant came to a proposal to create a web application that showed static maps, while providing users the ability to search, move around the map and zoom to get closer to the chosen places, among other functions.
However, during these years not all have been changes. There is something that remains unchanged in Google Maps. And is thatcertain services remain 'forbidden' places, at least for this application, which keeps certain areas of your maps pixilated so that you can not see the buildings, complexes and spaces they hide.
These are some of the places that Google Maps does not allow, fundamentallyfor security reasonsbut in some cases for completely unknown reasons, which can be contemplated in detail.
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
In this enclave of the USA an enclave was developed financed by the Air Force and the Navy of the USA. His objective was to study the properties of the ionosphere. Despite the fact that the program is supposed to have ended, it is impossible to get close to the facilities on Google Maps.
The 'forbidden' images of Google Maps do not only affect specific spaces, but also entire countries. It is the case of Israel. Although in the aerial view the streets of the country do not appear pixelated and allow to see the organization of the roads and buildings -and it is even possible to use Street View-, as we zoom in, the images fade away.
Palace of the Zarzuela
In the case of the Palacio de la Zarzuela, the aerial view that shows the Google Maps service appears distorted, after the then PP Government in 2013 pleaded to hide some sensitive areas on Google maps for security against possible terrorist attacks.
Mexico border with USA
In a stretch of almost 25 km, between Ciudad Juarez and Hudspeth County, Texas, the border between the two countries appears in an ill-defined way on Google Maps.
National Security Agency of Taiwan
Google Maps prevents for security reasons zoom in a lot to this complex, where intelligence services are concentrated.
Torrejón de Ardoz air base
As in the case of the Palacio de la Zarzuela, other 'sensitive' installations whose images have been pixelated or blurred are for example the Torrejón de Ardoz base, the Rota one or the headquarters of the National Intelligence Center.
Tantauco Park (Chile)
The search engine does not offer a detailed view of Parque Tantauco de Chile, a private park of about 118,000 hectares open to the public located on the Isla Grande de Chiloé, Los Lagos Region in Chile. In this case, the Google Maps application does not allow you to zoom in.
The 18 volcanic rock islands that make up this archipelago are not visible with the clarity that would be desirable. With humor per flag, the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands decided in their day to launch the project Sheep View 360, to create a map of the roads and enclaves of the archipelago by placing cameras on the back of their sheep.
The residence of Carles Puigdemont
Although most of the time the reason that a certain space is shown in pixelated form is due to security reasons, sometimes it is the owners or tenants of a certain building who ask Google Maps not to show them in a definite way. This is the case, for example, of the house in which Carles Puigdemont resides in Waterloo (Belgium). Everything indicates that the Catalan president was the one who asked that the 360-degree image of the house be diffused, annoying because it appeared in the media.