Google to Deploy Robots for Mapping?

by Matt Ball on November 14, 2011

In today’s New York Times there’s a story about the Google X secret lab that is working on 100 far-forward ideas. Within the text of the article is a discussion of robotic data collection, and the possibility that Google might deploy robots to photograph streets for Google Maps. While the article is certainly speculative about the technology that is being developed, the Google engineers’ obsession with robots — including driverless cars — certainly makes the idea plausible.

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