Originally Posted by studentx
"The 3D view is nice for showing off, but it really doesn't have the utility of street level photos. For example, often when I am taking a road trip, I will "drive" the route near the final destination inside of street view in order to visually memorize the landmarks I need to recognize."
Having served in the Army and being an expert in land navigation I find the 3D view far more useful since it provides a better view of the terrain. I almost never need to use street signs and I find the shape, dimensions and elevations of terrain, street, blocks, buildings and landmarks far more useful. Of course it's a skill that requires some practice but it's far superior but anyone can master it.
Street view can be helpful but it's like a trail of bread crumbs, miss one and your next to lost. It also requires too much interaction with the screen while driving.
This is the alternate view that most are missing, because it involves the right-hemisphere view of the world, which is walled-off territory for those raised on 2D media for all their lives, i.e., most of us. Apple is going for the right brain first, no doubt while they peck away at the left-brain "breadcrumb" details that have to be there too, maybe overwhelmingly for most people.
The dual-hemisphere approach goes back to the birds. They use their right eye/left brain to peck for food, pick out details, and their left eye/right brain to scan the horizon for threats and to keep track of their mate or group within the whole picture. See Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary
I'm familiar with whole-picture navigation, as in landscape, cityscape, sun direction, and was more or less trained by using paper maps and doing the navigating on road trips with my father, who always wanted to take the back roads wherever we went. We never had a compass on the dash. They lied, and besides it would be cheating. If it was cloudy you kept track of the sun by remembering the turns and picturing yourself from above.
To this day, I never use GPS. Forget relying on a machine for turn by turn. Use the overhead view in your head. It helps enormously to see the map of where you're going from above, the more 3D the better.studentx
, I imagine you used stereo aerial-view maps in the army. These are good therapy for left-brained dominant people to wake up their right world-view hemisphere. So are Apple's 3D flyovers, but it would be better if they were in true stereo rather than rendered perspective. Brian May, guitarist for Queen and a 3D scholar, has done some stereo extractions from Apple's flyovers. Very interesting.
Go down about seven images till you get to an iPhone map image of a tower. Also contains the best exercise for freeviewing stereo I've ever seen.Edited by Flaneur - 7/31/13 at 12:10pm