Sunday, 20 June 2010

Yell urban mapping service

Yell offers yet another 3D urban mapping/navigation service which, while in beta at the moment and with not very extensive coverage (Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester are covered at the moment), is characterised by the almost seamless mix of 3D bird's-eye models and Street-View like street-level panoramas.

You can switch from 3D City to Street Cam view allowing for this, all within a Flash-based viewer (the only drawback of which is the low resolution). Yell promises to extend their coverage as soon as possible. The hybrid 3D/panorama concept is very impressive and attractive (see the vid above) so it would be very interesting indeed to see this pushed forward and contrasted against Google Maps.

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