Indexing & Search Engine: Microsoft Virtual Earth, OnStar Pair for 3D Maps
Microsoft Virtual Earth, which offers three-dimensional aerial imagery drawn from satellites and aerial photos, is pairing with General Motors subsidiary OnStar to enhance OnStar's GPS location service. With the 3D-boosted imagery in place, emergency responders will theoretically have an easier time locating vehicles in distress. The IT industry has increasingly focused on the automobile as a potential arena for its latest hardware and software, with companies such as Intel and Microsoft developing car-specific programs, microprocessors and devices that deliver everything from entertainment to communications. In addition, many IT company executives, such as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have invested in experimental vehicles that utilize electric, alternative-fuel or hybrid engines.