Scoop! Smile for the Google 3D mapping truck from SiliconValleyWatcher talks about how Google is funding the The Stanford CityBlock Project, a Stanford University project to photograph cities at the ground level. It sounds very similar to how Block View for the A9 Yellow Pages is created. More details on that service rolled out by Amazon in January is covered in our Amazon's A9 Launches Visual Yellow Pages article from SearchDay. SiliconValleyWatcher also reports that a related project to create 3D representations of city blocks is also in the works, though no one from Google or any sources are cited. I've asked Google for confirmation, but they've yet to respond.
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