Microsoft Partners with Navteq for Streetside Photos

By now you’ve noticed our latest release of Bing Maps which includes Streetside photography (read, Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More). Now, you may be wondering, “You don’t have coverage in my area. When will you have pictures of my house?” OMG – go outside, stand in the middle of the street and BOOM there’s your house. Kidding. Seriously, we have some massive expansion plans to include all of the areas where we don’t currently have in Streetside and they now include one of our providers of that sacred road data – Navteq. You see, while Navteq is out there collecting the best of breed road information inclusive of speed limits, bridge heights, turn restrictions, one way streets (you know, important information so you don’t get killed navigating with their data) we figured it prudent to strap a few cameras on their vehicles to record some photos. How’s that for scaling out? Plus, we’ll be doing monthly releases of Streetside photos similar to how we process and release monthly aerial photos and satellite imagery. And, what better camera technology to use than the Microsoft Vexcel UltraCam technology? Well, there isn’t one – it’s the best on the market. And, now, Navteq has them in a “new technology partnership between the two companies…to mutually invest in the development of advanced collection capabilities that will accelerate the collection, creation and storage of 3D map data and visuals.

Read the full press release on the Navteq web site.

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  1. giz

    Saw the car at the NavTeq booth at CES. What was the spinning piece on top?  A gyro?

    Anyway, also saw the video playing at NavTeq.. REALLY COOL ouput from this process.  In notice you call it a Vexelcam, but it looked like it can turn 'Meatspace' into Voxels (Volumetric Pixel) (Play any NovaLogic games starting with Commanche and you'll know what a voxel environment looks like) or vexels (Volumetric Texture-mapped Pixel?? as you guys are calling it.

    Anyway, you will all be joyed when MS releases the Vexels tech completey into Bing!  giz guarantee's it…

  2. nathanael.lawrence

    As amusing as the 'go outside and there's your house!' gag is, with Photosynth finally integrated, you should start telling people to walk outside and put their own house on the map. =)

    Also, I'm glad to see Bing Maps World Tour back up and running. It would be great if sometime someone could take half a week (or however long it takes) and make a comprehensive history of Virtual Earth/Bing Maps content updates to be consumed in Bing Maps World Tour. That should, naturally, include Satellite, Bird's Eye, Streetside, and (I'm making a petition for) geotagged Photosynths (with Photosynths corresponding to the month synthed, rather than the month geotagged – which would make the Photosynth listings need to be dynamically pulled from their geotagged feed). Also important regarding the Photosynths is that each have their own pushpin, rather than the clustering that they favor at higher zoom levels. That may have been necessary for AJAX maps, but it's a little irritating when you have the power of Silverlight at your disposal.

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