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Seeing Munich through different eyes: The ‘Map of Big Love’ presented by MINI and Google.

Playful content hub invites users to take curated routes: Discover favorite places and exciting activities – on the trail of MINI Friends leveraging Cloud-based maps styling from Google Maps Platform.

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Munich. There are many ways to see a city – and it's precisely this diversity that makes urban life so appealing. MINI is now presenting a unique new way to explore a city through the themes that users interest most: From ‘Mood Boosters’ and ‘Conscious Living’ to the ‘City as Playground’ as well as through the very personal eyes of six MINI Friends. The ‘ Map of Big Love offers a multi-lense view on Munich by linking the favorite places of these MINI Friends to varied curated routes and content.

The digital experience points to the many sides of urban life. ‘The ‘Map of Big Love’ thrives on community exchange and the belief that looking at things from different perspectives leads to enrichment for everyone,’ says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. ‘Just as the MINI increases the fun of urban mobility on every trip, the new hub leads to precisely those destinations that make a city particularly lovable.’

‘We are thrilled to help MINI bring their colourful and optimistic attitude to life by using Google Maps Platform', explains Achim Rietze, Strategy Lead, Creative Works, Google. 'Thanks to the new WebGL-powered Maps features like Cloud-based Maps Styling, users can see how different the world can be and explore new perspectives on Munich'.

It’s a great starting point for anyone who wants to see Munich in a unique way. The routes are curated by six MINI Friends and offer some fresh inspiration. For example you can follow tennis pro Carina Witthoeft on her trail to the outdoor skate park at Hirschgarten and it’s full pipe, which is reminiscent of the first skate parks in California in the 70s’. Or visit ‘Sugar Mountain’ a former factory site of a concrete plant in Obersendling with an impressive tower colorfully designed by artist Lakwena in collaboration with MINI. If you are interested in the stops of the British Designer Paul Smith, have a look at one of his favorite galleries, where you can get ‘brilliantly designed posters for the 1972 Olympic which are quite difficult to find.’ Of course you can also see the designers ‘one-off show car, the ‘MINI Strip’ at the MINI Pavillon, located in the city center of Munich.

WebGL-powered Maps: The ‘Map of Big Love’ relies on Google Maps Platform and the Maps Javascript API. The new Maps features that use this low-level browser API were introduced in March 2021 and enable 3D map experiences. The WebGL Overlay View allows rendering 3D objects directly on the map, which opens up new storytelling possibilities.

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