Autonomous Vehicles, New Mobility & the Built Environment

A New Mapping Camera Assembly & More?

A new mapping camera assembly spotted in Silicon Valley.
A new mapping camera assembly spotted in Silicon Valley.

Could this be a new way for Google or some other entity to capture images and metadata of the streets and buildings in a community? This module was recently seen strapped to a ski rack on an unmarked mini-SUV in Silicon Valley. It features seven cameras (6 each providing horizontal view with one pointing upwards).

It seems to have some sort of radio communications based on the pencil-like appendage point on its right. One wire feeds through the back window, which is presumably is for power). It is s unclear what other sensors, such as Radar, that this device might have. One also has to think this will be a lower-cost solution, as it appears that it can be outfitted on virtually any vehicle with a ski rack.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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