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Why Google and car companies are about to spend billions mapping American roads

Why Google and car companies are about to spend billions mapping American roads

Creating detailed and comprehensive maps is difficult in the sense that it takes a lot of work, but it’s not a hard technical problem. Google has already done it for roads around their corporate headquarters in Mountain View and some of its competitors likely already have the same capabilities. Expanding these maps nationally doesn’t require a conceptual breakthrough, it just takes money — and Google has a lot of money.

Mapping the Nation

Mapping the Nation

Across the globe, governments use GIS to move communities toward healthier, more resilient, and safer outcomes. From actions as simple as optimizing routes for field workers, to visualizing policy impacts and developing intelligent transportation systems, GIS supports governments at all levels—local, state, and national.