3D Sat Nav in the Car – 30 3D Cities, Tele Atlas (Video)

The next market for 3D cities is without doubt in-car usage for satellite navigation devices. Tele Atlas is poised to roll out 30 cities in the next few months.

The YouTube movie below provides a glimpse at the emerging system:

Tele Atlas state that

‘By leveraging 3D city maps, developers can add recognizable building representations with excellent optical quality while maintaining a low volume of data. This ability to present the highly detailed, true-to-life 3D models at exceptionally low data volumes was achieved through a new parametric texture technology developed by GTA Geoinformatik GmbH, a German company with extensive experience in 3D geo-referenced visualization and modelling. With this technology, application developers are provided a range of options, from colored block models to colored facades and roofs with detailed texture’.

Three dimensional cities within satellite navigation systems is a natural move for the market, how they aid in-car navigation compared to the standard map view is open to debate…

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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