like the article and comments say, if this could be done in realtime..
At first I thought this was just a gimmick, but after looking at it more closely and thinking about it, I realize it’s kinda brilliant. If they could make a virtual map like this that scaled in real time and say, put it on your iPhone or a car’s GPS, I’d use it continuously. To blend simple nearby perspective with an overhead view of where you’d like to go gives a sense of distance and travel you simply can’t get with a regular map. Here’s to hoping this becomes a cartographic trend.