According to recently emerged media reports, Google will be updating its Street View cameras, the spherical mechanism seen atop its roaming Street View vehicles. These will be seemingly getting their first system upgrade in some eight years, which means some significant changes might be coming.
Besides resulting in better, more clear pictures, this new update will reportedly help improve the system by also focusing on artificial intelligence or AI.
Street View Cameras Capable of Delivering Clearer Images to Result in More Accurate Maps
Google Street View vehicles are estimated to have gathered data on over 10 million miles of both roads, buildings, landscapes, and even some public displays that might have better stayed private. Working on this since 2007, the Street View cameras just got their first upgrade in some eight years.
According to reports, the newly designed cameras started roaming the streets sometimes last month. Data collected by this new model should start coming in, and is expected to bring clearer images and more accurate maps.
Street View images on the public side should start being even clearer while also having a better color rendering. The hardware updates should make the cameras capable of capturing HD-quality images from all sides. They will also be providing raw data, which can then be fed into image recognition algorithms.
This has the potential to offer key information in building maps and business information. Some of it could include, besides the place names, their opening hours, payment methods, and more data currently displayed in shop windows.
The engineering team behind this latest Street View cameras is also reported as stating that, thanks to this update, the results will also be very useful for Google’s AI. The company has been investing in AI and machine learning, technologies which benefit from higher resolution imaging data.
An improvement in the quality and accuracy of the maps also has wide ramification in other areas as well. A range of other companies and businesses can profit from them, including any of those looking to build self-driving or autonomous vehicles.
The newly updates Street View cameras were reportedly installed and started capturing imagery on the roads already only in the US. They are gradually expected to start rolling out in other parts of the world as well.
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