Crusing with the Google 3-D Mapping Truck
by Harold Davis
Apparently, second and subsequent passes by the trucks through the city could eliminate erroneous data due to moving objects. But Google is looking for a way to 3-D map a city with a single pass.
I've been wondering for a while about the arms race into very cool mapping software - wonderful stuff to play with (interesting anomolies and all), but without a clear path to monetization (at least to me). A glimmer of where this is going is beginning to dawn on me: a very sci-fi world of realistic virtual mapping of local information truly would be a yellow pages killer, and Google has the resources and smarts to maybe pull this off.
What commercial uses do you see for this fancy, wonderful mapping stuff?