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Amazon A9 Launches Virtual Photo Maps

Aug 16 2005, 8:06am EST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Amazon A9 Launches Virtual Photo Maps
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Amazon launched their own map service with an edge on their A9.com search engine.

The A9 map has currently 35 million photos of city streets available. The photos enable users to explore virtually streets and places in major US cities. This is quite cool. It feels a bit dot.com era, because the feature seems so expensive compared to the money they can make with it. It's a nice feature no doubt, but then how often will I use it. What I like especially is the navigation. You can turn around yourself virtually in one view and virtually walk the street up and down in the other views.
The photos are apparently made with trucks roaming the streets equipped with GPS and digital cameras.
Anyway worth to give it a spin. Try it here. More details in this Amazon A9 press-release.

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