Google VP maps out new Google Earth 3D tech

Shortly after Google's press event, Larry Magid sat down with Google Vice President of Engineering Brian McClendon to talk about the company's new 3D technology.

Google Vice President of Engineering Brian McClendon kicks of Wednesday Maps event at the company's offices in San Francisco. Josh Lowensohn/CNET
Although there were no announcements about any upcoming versions of Google Maps for iOS, Google did show off some impressive 3D technology to make Google Earth feel more like you're touring over cities in a low-flying plane. In fact, the company is using a fleet of planes to "collect 45 degree imagery, flying with the four cardinal compass points at 45 degrees combined with straight down," according to Google VP of Engineering Brian McClendon.

You can listen to my four minute interview with McClendon by clicking below.

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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