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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Cities are full of cars like the Subaru XV that can drive off-road but will never see any challenging terrain. What drives us to buy cars with these abilities when we don't really need them most of the time?