How New Technology Could Create a 3D Map of the World

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How New Technology Could Create a 3D Map of the World

The growing field of three-dimensional mapping could change the way we view the world.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs recently acquired Scaniverse, a company that makes 3D mapping software. It’s a sign the developer is ramping up plans to develop a 3D map of the globe. Such maps could have far-ranging benefits, experts say. 

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“Three-dimensional maps bring huge benefits for daily activities,” Linh Truong-Hong, a researcher at the Delft University of Technology who studies 3D mapping, told Lifewire in an email interview. “It can be used for everything from navigation to the management and planning of buildings, infrastructures, and green areas.”

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