castro_all_trees-with-rays-w1000.gifSVW unearths Google plans to use trucks equipped with lasers and digital photographic equipment to create “a realistic 3D online version of San Francisco, and eventually other major US cities.”

Watch out (Amazon.com) A9. According to SEW, Google’s plan would be to complement the mostly top-down view of San Francisco available through Google’s Keyhole satellite photo application, and thus trumping the work already done by A9 driving around cities to make 2D maps. Researchers at Stanford university are apparently working on this and other city related projects