Nokia HERE working on better 3D maps

Nokia HERE working on better 3D maps

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U.S: Nokia is working on its second generation of mobile mapping technology. It has developed a 68-megapixel mobile mapping system equipped with LiDAR. The new system offers higher-resolution panoramic imagery and more accurate 3D buildings and sign recognition.

Currently, Nokia is using its first-generation mobile mapping system in North America and Europe. This system is an array of four cameras mounted on the top of cars. The second-generation version has four cameras of 16.8 megapixels each. These cameras are equipped with fish-eye lenses to capture a full 360 degrees view surrounding the car. The system is also equipped with a highly-accurate LiDAR laser scanner to build up a digital picture of the surrounding environment. It is capable of covering around 200m in a roughly 40-degree arc around the front of the car. The system can capture around 700,000 3D data points at a time. These include the facades of buildings, street signs, road markings etc. These datapoints can be used to populate Nokia’s maps with 3D vector graphics of the topography of the landscape.

Source: slashgear.com