Tonight I went over to Walmart to get some grocery items. I was surprised to see a "TomTom Car" parked in the lot. Yep, all fitted out with the tripod on top with the scanning camera, dual GPS antennas and TomTom emblazoned on the sides. Did not know that they were taking pictures of highways. I guess they need pictures for the signage info for lane advisements, etc.
I've seen several Google cars with the tripod, etc., but I had never seen a TomTom car before. I did take a picture of it with the cell phone.
I wonder if Garmin (or "Here Maps") does the same, as the lane guidance views look awfully realistic. The trees in the background were shaped exactly as they were for my exit. Although the trees are now gone due to the addition of more lanes (soon to be a 6 lane section of interstate instead of 4 lanes).
Anybody ever seen a "Garmin street view" car?
I saw one of the TomTom cars a couple of years ago out here on the Left Coast, although it was very briefly because we were both driving and were headed in different directions.
- Tom -
I have seen the Google car 3X and have been caught on camera twice.
I've seen Google Street View cars three to six times. I saw the Apple version a couple of years very close to my house. The distinctive thing on the Apple car was that it carried obvious LIDAR sensors in addition to the cameras.
The lane guidance pics are real pics
I have seen the google maps car a few times on the highway over the years. No TomTom car yet.
TomTom uses Tele Atlas maps which since 2008 has been a wholly owned subsidiary of TomTom. Tele Atlas came close to being owned by Garmin, but was outbid by TomTom. You can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tele_Atlas
Actually it's a Here car. I've seen them at least 4 times over the years, right back to when the Navteq logo was on the side of the car. The last time I saw one was in the parking lot at the M Hotel and Casino in Henderson (read Las Vegas) NV.
I was driving my bus one day and Google car crossed right in front of me. I wrote down the date, Apr 14/15, and a couple of months later, there is was, me in my bus
That's Cool!!! I like stuff like this!
Yeah one day I'd like my car to drive me to work and when running errands, or any mundane trips. Probably not in my lifetime though, and almost certainly fierce push back if it ever got close. The RC factor at work (Resistance to Change).
in 15-20 years or so.
Self drive car will be here … in 15-20 years or so.
chances are I won't be.
Before something like Self Driving Cars can happen, laws must be updated, changed. You have a Wreck self driving car or Self driving car hits you. Who is at Fault or responsible? Goggle or other big money will have lawyers that can tie up in Court for Decades if They are at Fault.You will say it was the car, they will say it was your interference or that other car caused it.
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