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Walk in the street with Google StreetView
By Denis (on 6/1/2007 @ 08:36:45, in IT World, linked 6161 times)
Google launched it's new feature of Google Maps: Street View. This feature allows users to view and navigate within 360 degree in the streets of various cities in US: San Francisco, New York, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami.
It's really cool and easy to use: you just need to go to maps.google.com, search for one of these cities and click on the "Street View" button. With Street View users can virtually walk the streets of a city, check out a restaurant before arriving, and even zoom in on bus stops and street signs to make travel plans: see here an example.
To use Street View, the user just need a browser that support Ajax and the latest version of Flash plug-in: according to Adobe more than 80% of the users meet these requirements.
Also Microsoft in the past worked on something similar but without much success, look at its preview.