SLAM – a standard tool in the surveyor’s tool box?

I first learned about the concept of simultaneous localization and mapping – SLAM – many years ago during the time Anthony Levandowski was with 510 Systems – even before Google acquired them to develop self-driving cars. It was also the time 510 Systems were processing the data and LiDAR images for RadioHead’s House of Cards video and Anthony built his own self-driving Prius. Later, I was impressed with the team at Willow Garage and their work on robotics with SLAM. What a place, what a time, and what ideas!

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Stuart Woods
Vice President, Geospatial Content Solutions Division Leica Geosystems

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