8/16/2005

Amazon A9 takes it to the streets

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:21 am

Amazon.com is merging photographs and maps in a new location-based search service that will allow users to take virtual tours of more than 22 U.S. cities.

The company’s A9 search subsidiary is expected on Tuesday to launch a beta of its new A9.com Maps service, which lets users see street-level photos of addresses as well as get map-based driving directions.

The service integrates into one interface interactive maps with A9’s Block View technology. The Block View technology offers series of photos of both sides of streets taken by roving picture-snapping trucks equipped with digital cameras and global positioning system receivers. The photos, of which there are about 35 million, are currently used in Amazon’s Yellow Pages search to show snapshots of businesses alongside addresses and phone numbers for merchant searches.

The new A9.com Maps service allows users to easily get driving directions by clicking on starting and destination points on the map and shows photos of locations corresponding to points on the map clicked with the cursor. Instead of having to type in addresses, users can click on a point on the map and the corresponding address will pop up.

Source: News.com

 

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