Google Launches Free 3D Mapping and Search Product

“Google Earth Offers New Local Search Experience

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – June 28, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)
today announced the launch of Google Earth, Google’s new satellite
imagery-based mapping product that combines 3D buildings and terrain
with mapping capability and Google search. Based on Keyhole technology,
Google Earth enables users to fly from space to street level views to
find geographic information and explore places around the world.

Key features of Google Earth include:
· Free software download available at
· 3D buildings in major cities across the United States
· 3D terrain showing mountains, valleys, and canyons around the world
· Integrated Google Local search to find local information such as
hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and transportation
· Fast, dynamic navigation
· Video playback of driving directions
· Tilt, rotate, and activate 3D terrain and buildings for a different
perspective on a location
· Easy creation and sharing of annotations among users

“Google Earth utilizes broadband streaming technology and 3D graphics,
much like a videogame, enabling users to interactively explore the
world– either their own neighborhood or the far corners of the globe,”
said John Hanke, general manager, Keyhole, Google Inc. “With many ways
to access geographic information, Google provides a very rich local
search experience for users worldwide.”

Google Earth is the latest innovation within Google’s local search
product suite, which currently includes Google Local and Google Maps
for web users and mobile phone users. With Google Earth, users have
the tools to dive deeper into local information, whether they’re
exploring a vacation destination or researching a new home or
apartment. They can combine multiple layers of information, such as
cross-referencing school districts with address look-ups of available
homes, business listings and public transportation, and save their
results for later use.”






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