Sunday, January 3, 2010

Google Maps and Google Street View Project Supported by Toyota

Do you know what this picture is about?
Yes … the car is a Prius Hybrid vehicle by Toyota. The camera on top is Google’s. Toyota provided a fleet of Prius cars for Google’s Street View Project now underway in South Africa in preparation for World Cup.
Toyota published the press release announcing the project in September.
“The Prius with its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology was chosen by Google as the vehicle of choice for this project. In the coming weeks the branded Google Prius vehicles will be driving around the country taking photographs of locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Street View, a hugely popular feature of Google Maps, is already available in more than 100 metropolitan areas around the world. It allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.”
This project will add considerable impetus to the use of Google Maps… and the move to Local Search.
Can you imagine the power that this application will provide and especially for mobile users?
It’s time I got myself a Smart Phone… don’t know about you?

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