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Grabbing a ride in Nokia's mapping car

Martyn Williams | Nov. 21, 2012
If you're like me, you're well used to navigating the world with a GPS mapping app on your smartphone. But have you ever given a thought to the work that goes into getting all that information into the map? It's a lot more than just photographing street scenes, as I found out recently when I took a ride in a Nokia mapping car.

Some of that information comes as anonymous data from users.

"We actually get 13 billion points of data every month from people who are driving the roads, and because we can see where people are driving, we can see where there are changes in the road network."

The result is the rich mixture of information that makes up the mapping services available from your cellphone.

Nokia has just opened up its mapping platform to non-Nokia smartphones. Its mapping data is shared throughout Windows Phone 8 handsets and the company hopes to attract Apple users with a soon-to-be-launched app for its Here.com service. Nokia is also making the platform available to other phone makers under a license.

 

 

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