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VIRTUAL CES: Here releases 3D city models

By Graeme Roberts | 13 January 2021

Here Technologies has launched high-fidelity, 3D models of 75 global city centres to give software developers the geospatial data needed to build real-world visualisations of cities.

It said the new Premier 3D Cities product enables last mile delivery drivers to navigate dense cities with maps that highlight precise building dimensions and entry points along delivery routes.

The entertainment industry gets building blocks for virtual site visits and seamless computer-generated imagery integration.

Telecommunications companies can optimise 5G networks in 3D and urban planners and emergency responders can build digital twins for better land use analysis and disaster readiness simulations.

"Premier 3D Cities contains rich data layers and attributes that are aligned to physical geometry and terrain. Each structure is indexed, addressable, and accurate in terms of physical location, volume size, elevation and facade colour," Here said.

The Audi A8 modular infotainment platform (MIB2+) integrates Here 3D city models, providing drivers with the latest navigation user interface and lane-level guidance experiences.

"With the enterprise developer in mind, Here has captured, indexed and mapped the world's major road networks and urban centres in 3D," said Here chief product officer Joergen Behrens.

The indexed and addressable structures allow developers to search and highlight individual buildings, attach additional metadata to the structures and apply advanced rendering techniques including CGI applications.

The product is available in Cesium/OGC 3D Tiles to support seamless integration. Each kilometre of data is stored in small sized tiles for efficient streaming and rendering. Sample datasets of London, Berlin and Munich are currently available on AWS Data Exchange.

Here said it had mapped 196 countries and collects 28 terabytes of terrestrial LiDAR data every day.

Premier 3D Cities was created with multiple sources – including LiDAR, optical and satellite imagery – and decades of cartographic expertise and AI/Machine Learning applications the company has developed.

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