Future of Ovi Maps with PixelActive's 3D expertise?

| November 20, 2010 | 9 Replies

A couple of days ago, NAVTEQ (subsidiary of Nokia) bought PixelActive who specialize in the creation of 3D buildings, roads, highways and cities. They have a city builder tool that you can use to create your own city (or recreate a real one).


Alex68 (cheers for the heads up) says that the PixelActive video has been removed. I don’t know what the content was but there are similar videos of other folk who have created some neat cities with PixelActive.

How cool would Ovi Maps look with this type of 3D mapping? We know NAVTEQ’s already working on their own BETTER version of Google’s Street View. Would they still have the option to work offline?

Click 720p please to see the video more clearly.






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  • alex68

    You are always so prompt and efficient to get the post done so exactly, unbelievable!

    Actually I was not able to see the video either. I heard it looked pretty cool visual effect :(.

    • hi alex68 have any idea on when the new firmware will be released for the N8 ? some specific details ? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • alex68

        Pretty soon and new ovi map will be released as well. Just be patient to wait.

  • Stylinred

    If i remember correctly GPS’ in Japan have 3D buildings, not as detailed, so i imagine we would all be getting 3D navis eventually especially with phone processors and memory increasing so rapidly

  • Fritz Pinguin

    I’d rather see an improvement on the maps than enhancement of 3D-effects and such. The maps here (Thailand) are absolutely inferior, there are lots of roads missing or the names are wrong. I am not talking about some small villages but about a well visited place like Phuket Island. Even some of the towns are misnamed ๐Ÿ™ I sent some suggestions/corrections already, but the interface of the error-reporting website is not very inviting to say the least. It would be very nice if Ovi Maps would some day live up to the quality of Nokia Maps 2. This is the reason why I still keep my trusty N82, because navigation is much better than Ovi Maps on my N8.

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