Tele Atlas launches 3D landmarks and Digital Elevation Model in the US



General Motors building in Detroit
General Motors building in Detroit
Tele Atlas today announced the availability of 400 detailed three dimensional landmarks of famous North American structures for use in navigation devices and location-based applications. Tele Atlas also announced its Digital Elevation Model for North America, which follows last month's launch of the Digital Elevation Model in Europe.

Currently, Tele Atlas 3D landmarks in North America are available for more than 400 structures in 14 major U.S. and Canadian cities including: Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C., with images spanning from the legendary Fenway Park in Boston to the historical Washington Monument in D.C. Tele Atlas will continue to expand this offering in the last quarter of 2007 to deliver additional landmarks in cities such as Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco. In total more than 1,400 3D landmarks should be available next year.

The Tele Atlas Elevation Model is enabling realistic landscapes with contours at scales up to 1:50,000. To create the Digital Elevation Models, Tele Atlas leveraged content from several sources including, the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission of NASA (SRTM) and the GTOPO project led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tele Atlas expects to refine the resolution “to the point where eventually it can be integrated with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), further enhancing safety and economy” said the company.

Washington's Capitol
Washington's Capitol
The launch of 3D features for North America also follows the recent opening of the Tele Atlas' Display Technology Center in Shanghai, which will focus on producing visual enhancements such as 3D landmarks, 3D city maps and crossing magnifications designed to help make navigation systems clear and compelling to end users. The Center is currently producing display features for navigation and local search products in the Asia Pacific region and Tele Atlas expects it to become the company's global center for display production in the future.

Tuesday, September 25th 2007

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