"Amazon A9 takes it to the streets"
> The company's A9 search subsidiary is expected on Tuesday to launch a beta of A9.com Maps, which lets people see street-level photos of addresses and get driving directions.
In fact, Google's Street View was apparently launched a week after A9 shut down. ;P
"R.I.P. A9 Maps; We Hardly Knew Ye"
> The schtick behind A9's take was to have vehicles driving around taking pictures of both sides of every major city street in the US. It looked promising (if a bit invasive), search for some business or other address and even get a photo of what the storefront looked like.
> It was launched on May 25, 2007, in several cities in the United States, and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.