Qatar Navigator To Create Automated Map Of Qatar

| Sep 2, 2008 | comment 2 Comments

Qatar NavigatorQatar Navigator, a local startup company, has been awarded QR 1.6 million ($440,000) by Qatar’s Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to develop an automated map of the country.

Roads and landmarks will be surveyed and digitized with a video camera that can simultaneously capture images and GPS coordinates. Students from Qatar University will assist with the project, which is expected to be completed in the next five months.

The maps will be usable by common in-car navigation systems, as well as almost any other mobile device equipped with GPS. Qatar Navigator already makes its own software for such devices, called Gulf Way. The company aims to licence its maps to satellite navigation companies and also directly to Qatar motorists.

Financing was made possible under QSTP’s Proof of Concept Fund, which provides grants for universities and small-to-medium companies in Qatar to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of their innovations. Grants range from $100,000 to $500,000, and can be used to develop prototypes, undertake market research and manage intellectual property.

  • http://www.mohamedn.com mohamed

    So isn’t this what Google Maps is doing for free? Just a matter of time before you get street view in the Middle East?

  • http://www.mohamedn.com mohamed

    So isn’t this what Google Maps is doing for free? Just a matter of time before you get street view in the Middle East?

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