Indexing & Search Engine: Microsoft Virtual Earth, OnStar Pair for 3D Maps

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-05-14 Print this article Print
Microsoft Virtual Earth, OnStar Pair for 3D Maps

Microsoft Virtual Earth, OnStar Pair for 3D Maps

by Nicholas Kolakowski
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.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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