Google and Waymo ‘liberate’ autonomous vehicles by creating San Francisco VR

Like all news, even that of autonomous vehicles is bound to bring with it advantages and disadvantages. Citizens themselves are destined to adapt to a new type of reality, which is changing very rapidly. We are talking today about a particular use of the driverless car, which directly affects the city of San Francisco.

As it is easy to guess, among all the possible areas of use, there is also that of metaverse.

The use of driverless cars makes it possible to “scan” places and cities in real time, in order to always have copies faithful to the original.

The level of realism is fundamental for the metaverse, and a recent project only confirms this.

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One of the Waymo cars involved in the “mapping” of San Francisco

Google and Waymo, companies belonging to the same Alphabet family, used autonomous vehicles to generate a detailed virtual simulation of the city of San Francisco.

The highly sophisticated technology of self-driving cars enables realistic and immediate rendering of streets, buildings and people.

We are facing an important moment; it is the first step towards creating an extremely realistic virtual environment, where we could move and interact without any limitations.

Apparently, San Francisco isn’t the only city to have started VR “duplicate” procedures. Also for Seoul there is a similar initiative, a virtual version of the city to visit museums, attend events and request documents.

How does the Google and Waymo system work?

The mechanism may be simpler than expected.

It all starts with Google, which analyzes millions of static photos of city streets and builds realistic 3D models.

The models are then used to create immersive maps to operate in different environments: for creating alternate versions of cities to run in the metaverse; to enrich certain augmented reality experiences, as well as to improve the performance of autonomous vehicles.

The company’s “San Francisco” project was successful, and Google and Waymo released a video (shot during beta testing) of the first time one of these vehicles was tested on public roads in California. Here it is.

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