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Saturday, July 02, 2005

 
A9.com Maps (Beta) are now getting into the mapping business as well. Not a great deal to interest us in the UK as yet, since it just seems to be the US that has been mapped. All the usual stuff that you'd expect, but what is interesting is that they've done what they call 'Block View' images. In certain cities the A9 people have driven down main streets and photographed them. You can take a virtual tour from picture to picture to see what the place looks like. It's a nice idea, and I wonder how long it will be before they let other people into the act 'This street sponsored by XYZ' for example.

A few things I didn't like - the scroll bar zoom in/out wasn't terribly impressive, and I wasn't sure where on a particular road I was when looking at the photographs, but it's an interesting new wrinkle on the whole mapping business.

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