[OSM-talk] Google Maps maps most of Europe

Joerg Ostertag openstreetmap at ostertag.name
Tue Apr 25 15:36:18 BST 2006

On Tuesday 25 April 2006 15:31, Paul Neave wrote:
> As far as competition goes, that's a lot of it:
> http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2006/04/big-news-google-maps-street-map
> Also on a similar note, how does Tele Atlas/Navteq gather their street
> map data? Do they use satellite imagery, draw on the map and copy the
> road data into a database or is every single road surveyed in some
> other way?
> I'm curious because although OSM is a fantastic initiative, simply
> drawing roads onto a copy of a satellite map seems to be a much
> simpler option that riding round every road on a bike with a GPS ;)

They had a report on German TV lately. 
As what I remember; they drive around with vans equipped with cameras and gps 
record everything send this to Asia and people there sit in front of there 
computers and examine the videos and convert this data to get vector data.



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