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

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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14 Comments

1. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Nokia Maps are No.1

4. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 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)

11. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

7. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

10. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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)...

3. ssk27

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is commitment,I say.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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 .

6. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

so was this car driven or by itself?

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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"

8. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 02, 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.

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

14. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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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