Digital mapping is the process by which software receives a collection of data and formats it into a virtual image to produce sophisticated digital maps. Commonly, our initial thought of digital mapping may include aerial photographs being processed to create a detailed map of a city, but digital mapping is quickly evolving, which is prompting data privacy concerns. New technology initiatives are focusing on augmented reality (AR) maps that will take over the next generation of digital mapping. To clarify, although AR and virtual reality (VR) are frequently discussed in the same conversation, there is a key difference. VR is like stepping into a completely different environment, such as putting on VR goggles and transporting into outer space. You block out the physical world and completely immerse yourself in a virtual environment. In contrast, with AR all of your senses remain in your current state of presence, but features are added to your environment. For example, the Pokemon Go game adds Pokemon characters to a live view through your smartphone camera.However, as we saw in 2012 when Google and Apple were competing in a 3-D mapping race — with mass data collection comes privacy concerns. When Google and Apple revealed… Read full this story
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