X

Navteq laser vision's view of the world (images)

Navteq has begun capturing 3D data of the world using laser technology. Here's what the system sees.

stephenshankland.jpg
stephenshankland.jpg

Stephen Shankland

See full bio
navteq_laser_view_sm.jpg
1 of 6 Navteq

Navteq's laser-eye view

Navteq has begun capturing 3D data with the vehicles used to gather digital map information. This ghostly view of a street is reconstructed from a sea of 3D data points.
navteq_laser.jpg
2 of 6 Navteq

Navteq 3D laser system

Navteq's laser technology--lidar, short for light detection and ranging--uses 64 lasers mounted on a stalk atop a vehicle. It can work even when the vehicle is traveling at highway speeds.
navteq_laser_city_sm.jpg
3 of 6 Navteq

Navteq's 3D city model

Navteq has begun offering these 3D digital models of cities in the United States. European, South American, and Asian cities will follow.
navteq_laser_view_crop_1.jpg
4 of 6 Navteq

3D laser view close-up

This close-up shows a more detailed view of what the Navteq 3D laser system can capture.
navteq_laser_view_crop_2.jpg
5 of 6 Navteq

Pedestrian viewed with 3D lasers

This view from Navteq's 3D mapping technology shows both trees and a pedestrian crossing the road.
google_street_view_car_cred_Gabriele_Peloso.jpg
6 of 6 Gabriele Peloso/dnakiller

Google Street View car

Navteq isn't the only mapper gathering 3D data. Google has been doing so since at least 2008. This view shows one of Google's Street View cars, photographed by Gabriele Peloso.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos
Meet the US Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier
dcs09-371-5.jpg

Meet the US Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier

74 Photos