Don’t look at the Google laser truck as it goes by!

June 9th, 2005

“Google plans to use trucks equipped with lasers and digital photographic equipment to create a realistic 3D online version of San Francisco, and eventually other major US cities. The move would trump Amazon’s A9 service, which offers two-dimensional photos of buildings on US city streets. The trucks would drive along every San Francisco street using the lasers to measure the dimensions of buildings, to create a 3D framework onto which digital photos can be mapped. This would complement the mostly top-down view of San Francisco available through Google’s Keyhole satellite photo application.” (LINK).

The Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory has a related project funded by Google that is building technology for digitizing commercial city blocks from sideways-looking video taken from a vehicle driving down the street.

It would be great if we developed a simple framework to allow arbitrary RDF encoded metadata to be associated with the (logical) locations and objects identified and modeled in such projects.