Nokia is paving the way for driverless cars

nokiaA fleet of 300 cars is methodically criss-crossing major cities around the world, documenting our streets in painstaking detail.

They aren’t Google’s Street View cars, but Nokia’s Here True cars, similar vehicles with a slightly different goal. Nokia wants to create the next generation of extensively detailed 3D maps though “reality mapping,” and it could be big business for the company over the next decade. The maps will be able to do things like tell driverless cars everything about the road they’re navigating, from where the street markings are to how fast other cars typically take a corner.

The Here cars have bright blue and white custom paint jobs that do their best to make the tower of sensors stacked on top look non-threatening. Four high-resolution cameras capture 360-degree images every six meters. A LIDAR system records 700,000 points per second and can scan about 100 meters in any direction. The highly accurate GPS sensor tracks data about the car’s position down to the centimeter, including every pitch and yaw.  More