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Nokia flaunts its own fleet of 3D mapping cars, two million panoramic images collected daily for City Lens

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Nokia flaunts its own fleet of 3D mapping cars, two million panoramic images collected daily for City Lens
In light of the recent development with the half-baked Apple Maps, Google triumphantly posted pictures of a parking lot full of Subarus and other vehicles it uses to create its Maps software.

Not to be outdone, the other big navigation player, Nokia, posted some bragging rights of its own. Its Maps solution is even better, as it offers free offline voice-guided navigation on all of its devices, including the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

Nokia flaunts its own fleet of 3D mapping cars, two million panoramic images collected daily for City Lens
Nokia Maps is powered by NAVTEQ, which the company bought a few years ago for a $8 billion, and now posted about the hard work behind Nokia's 3D maps that the guys from NAVTEQ are doing.

Showing a picture of one of its mapping fleet vehicles, the Finns spat out some amazing stats on the staggering amount of info these cars are able to collect for the NAVTEQ True project, which is tasked with creating a realistic panoramic view of the world around us, like Google's Street View. The project consists of  four patented technologies:

  • 360° LIDAR: Rotating lasers capture 1.3 million 3D digital data points every second, which generates a virtual 3D model of the world around the vehicle.
  • Position Sensors: GPS and military grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors measure the vehicle’s speed, orientation and even gravitational forces to provide highly precise location references to every point within the virtual 3D model.
  • Panoramic Cameras: These cameras layer in a 360° images synchronized to the 3D LIDAR points—giving us the most true to life representation of the world
  • High Resolution Multi-View Cameras: High-resolution images give us the opportunity to increase automation so we can more quickly bring advanced location content to more people.

The vehicles process in any given day "12 million signage images, two million panoramic images, a trillion LIDAR points, and 65 million million (65,000,000,000,000!) colour pixels," says Nokia.

NAVTEQ True's best implementation so far is in the Nokia City Lens app, which uses augmented reality to recognize the place in front of your camera lens, and mark the POIs with overlayed info for your viewing pleasure.

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posted on 26 Oct 2012, 06:45 18

1. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 352; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Nokia Maps are No.1

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 07:57 3

4. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


i agree with you man............only nokia should devolope this in all countries..........and nokia definately do it........they are best in world(apple map should learn from them or must go to hell)

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:20

11. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Nokia should develop this in otehr countries? Well thanks DoD to spending the technology has been passed to the civilian world. Funny how people do not see that defense spending provided some of what we treasure today.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:37 10

7. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


nokia maps are actually the best but people think google maps is the best is because it is highly advertises

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:36

10. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


No! No! No! Google maps is number one.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 07:36 8

2. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


nokia maps are the best!! no doubt about that!!

its just annoying that even my one of my teacher dont know that nokia has a maps.. i mean he use facebook and put his location.. and a map will appear with the copyright of nokia and microsoft (coz facebook is using bing modified maps)...

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 07:44

3. ssk27 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This is commitment,I say.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:04 1

5. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


This explains it. I was surprised to find how much maps.nokia.com was capable of. Its atleast as capable of maps.google.com .

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:34

6. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


so was this car driven or by itself?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:21 1

9. -box- (Posts: 3864; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Driven by a real person.

That would be an interesting job, to say the least. "Follow this route today. See you in the evening"

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:49 1

8. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I disagree completely. I had nokia maps and they were a disaster. I will never buy another nokia product as result of it. I wrote to them and told them they didn't have the correct street name on my street and others (in South Africa). Over the course of 2 years they did sweet jack. Google maps has yet to be wrong and will always be better, not even because of developers but because the community empowers it. Sorry nokia, it sucks unless you actually start listening to people. Build a bridge.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 23:30 2

12. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1018; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i used to live in egypt and nokia maps had the maps perfect there google did too except it was incorrect

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 06:24

14. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


actually here in Lebanon, Nokia Maps are much better than Google's, Nokia gives every street with its correct name, while Google maps, some streets (the ones they draw) intersects with buildings, and some doesn't even exists, and some are streets with dead-ends (which is not true), so Nokia does have the best Maps.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 23:34 1

13. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1018; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Also non related to the subject

i sent a message this morning to my tennis partner telling him the address of the court he came 15 min lates and kept claiming there was no courts around the street i gave him because apple maps switched the st names in the suburbs it was so funny

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