Improving Maps using Street View Images and Parallax

Theoretically, we can calculate the positions of objects using street view images.

This could be useful for all sorts of studies, from infrastructure coverage, to adding storefront signs to the map for better business location data. 

By using the position of the street view images, and we can calculate the angular difference of an object as the street view perspective changes, allowing us to add the position to the map. 

Side View

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Plotting to the map (top view)

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Global Scale

This concept could be automated to scale to all street imagery if we automated the object-detection portion using neural networks and computer vision algorithms. 

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Source: 2018-01-01 Digital Journal