From Wired News:
“I didn’t think it could be done,” says Tim Caro-Brice, a Stanford University graduate student and pioneering member of Amazon.com’s A9.com project team. Barnaby Dorfman, A9.com’s vice president, laughs and taps the accelerator. A nondescript sport utility vehicle eases down a Palo Alto street, and the rest may be search engine history.
Dorfman and Caro-Brice are part of the small team responsible for the block-view technology A9.com launched this spring, which allows users to virtually stroll city streets to get directions and identify local businesses. The vehicle they drive is a prototype for the mini fleet currently crisscrossing the United States in a photographing spree, racing to put a visual Yellow Pages online.