Fargo company's mapmaking technology adds new dimension to worldwide computerized navigation

Associated Press

Workers at Nokia's Fargo campus have spent 18 years making maps, but they recently moved into another dimension.

The business that began by hiring people to drive across the country to take Polaroid photos and plot landmarks on paper is leading the company's 3-D mapmaking efforts from North Dakota's largest city. The goal is to essentially help cars drive themselves.

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Justin Tibbetts, a technical specialist on the company's 3-D imagery team, says the work is on the cutting edge of mapping.

Many of the center's 230 workers spend the day collecting information that will help them update maps to create the most accurate representation of the real world.

They get to tour some famous places; some in person, some from their work stations.