Nokia’s Ovi maps are pretty amazing

Nokia has upgraded their Ovi Maps service, making it a Google Earth equivalent (or even better actually) without having to load an application.

Nokia has achieved photo-realistic 3D maps of cities using C3 modern camera equipment to capture as many as one image per second of the same object from up to 100 different angles. The images are then used to automatically reproduce the shape of the objects with very high accuracy.

After that, an image processing software automatically drapes each shape with the texture chosen from the pictures of each object. The same process is being applied for all objects – buildings, houses, trees, and hills – the result is a seamless canvas of 3D-data where the resolution (8 to 12 centimeters per pixel) and quality is consistent over the entire model.

With the agreement between Nokia and Microsoft finalized Microsoft will soon share in Nokia’s mapping wealth, with Andy Lees from Microsoft saying “In the case of mapping, Nokia has far and away the largest global footprint,” . “Our mapping just got better everywhere around the world.”

Nokia currently has 3D maps available in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Milan, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Vienna and more to come. The streets in downtown can be seen in London, San Francisco, Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen.

If your city is included try maps.ovi.com and let us know your impressions below.  I was certainly blown away. (Don’t forget to click on the 3D button).

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