Google Maps going 3D, just like a video game, with full 3D Virtual World rendering

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  1. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

    iphones4evry1

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    Mapping The World, One Street At A Time

    "That brings us to the vans' side-sweeping lasers. As the vans drive, their lasers constantly scan the road and everything around it, recording information that Tele Atlas calls the "first reflective surface." This includes the width, height and contours of every building the van passes.

    This data, when combined with the images captured by the cameras, will help Tele Atlas create a 3-D world.

    Three-dimensional digital maps already are common in Japan and Western Europe. But 3-D maps are still in their primitive stages in the U.S., where their quality depends on the type of device they're displayed on."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/12/digital.mapping/index.html
     
  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    What happens when there is a car/lorry in the way?
     
  3. iphones4evry1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What do you think happens? :rolleyes:
     
  4. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    well your satnav might think there is a building in the middle of the road for example... could be interesting:
    "in 200 yards, avoid the building"
     

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