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DSC05318 - Mobile Mapping Car

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The other day i stumbled upon a car driving around the city with a huge sensor apparatus on its roof.


The sensor hardware included LiDAR laser remote sensors, 360 cameras, a very accurate satellite positionning system, and a bunch of other hi-tech gadgets. The system was active and capturing huge amount of data. This a real, and Big Brother is watching you.


The car belongs to a digital mapping company called Navteq, and the Sensors System is made by a company called Topcon Positionning Systems.


It appears that Navteq is doing the mapping and street view photography for the Microsoft Bing search engine.


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Taken on March 1, 2011