|Quoting timpdx (Reply 17):|
Google is getting in big on indoor mapping. They can use a rolling cart sporting LIDAR and roll through various indoor spaces. Google is seeking to do this for large public structures, like malls, train stations, ect.
Microsoft is doing this too. It is one of the many projects I am currently working on. Some of the data is collected by mobile GPS, but none of it is LIDAR. A large number of these venues that have been mapped by both Microsoft and Google are based on whatever that venue has for a directory on their website.
Want to map Westminster Mall in California? Go to the mall's website, download a PDF of the mall directory, overlay it on top of aerial imagery, and draw a map of the venue. Then repeat the process thousands of times for malls, airports, stadiums, zoos, and train stations around the world.
[Edited 2013-03-08 21:33:06]
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