Yell has just introduced new 3D maps of Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester, here in the UK. Currently in Beta the service is actually rather impressive, allowing the 3D view to be dragged, titled and merged with more standard street level panoramas.
Screenshot of ‘CASA Towers’ at University College London, out of which digital urban operates.
The ability to view and navigate a photomapped 3D model of London within a web page would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. The viewer is flash based and while the resolution of the models is unstandable low, we are impressed that Yell are first to market with such an offering. The movie below provides more of an insight:
Accordingly to Yell’s press release – more regions will get the 3D treatment as the concept rolls out around the country.
You can take a look yourself at http://www.yell.com/maps