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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.

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Stephen Shankland
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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.
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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.
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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.
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3D laser view close-up

This close-up shows a more detailed view of what the Navteq 3D laser system can capture.
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Pedestrian viewed with 3D lasers

This view from Navteq's 3D mapping technology shows both trees and a pedestrian crossing the road.
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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.

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