With the new HD cameras, Google is moving to refresh Street View

first_imgGoogle released a car on the street last month that takes new images for Google Street View, which will be the first major update of this service in 8 years.The car has 8 cameras specially designed for this purpose by Steve Silverman, which worked cameras for NASA’s rovers to Mars. Given that the existing footage on Street View is from the past decade and how much technology has advanced in the meantime, the new footage, which has just begun to arrive, will be in far higher resolution and clearer colors.In addition to beautiful images, the new cameras will send HD images of buildings and street signs for Google’s photo recognition algorithm. More and better quality images from the new hardware now on top of Google Street View will allow the system to make space information much better and more reliable. ”From the point of view of machine learning, we are getting better ” points out Andrew Lookingbill, a technology engineer working for Wired.com, and adds that they are considering trying to automatically recognize different types of jobs from their appearance and read smaller information such as opening hours signs.Take a look at what the new shots look like herelast_img read more

Plan Extra Time, Know Before You Go for Holiday Weekend Traffic

first_imgRoad Work SuspendedWhere possible, highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work during the holiday weekend to increase mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in holiday travel. Some restrictions and reduced speed limits will remain in place due to ongoing road construction, including:Northern IndianaOn I-94 in Lake County, the ramp connecting to northbound I-65 remains closed.On I-65 in Lake County, traffic is one lane in each direction on the bridge over Central Avenue, north of I-94.On I-65 in Lake County, traffic is two lanes in each direction between U.S. 30 and U.S. 231.101st Avenue remains closed over I-65 in Lake County.Bridge work on SR 49 has lanes closed in Porter County from U.S. 30 to Division Road.In LaPorte County, traffic is one lane each direction east-west at the SR 2 and U.S. 20 intersection, which is closed to north-south traffic.The U.S. 35 bridge in downtown LaPorte is one lane in each direction.U.S. 30 is one lane in each direction at SR 17 in Marshall County.SR 23 is one lane controlled by a temporary signal at the bridge over Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.On I-69:In Grant county, lane restrictions and crossovers between mile marker 263-271 in both directions with no northbound re-entry at SR 18 (mile marker 264).In Allen County, lanes closed for bridge work between mile markers 300 and 310.In Steuben County, lanes closed at mile marker 340 with lane shifts at mile 345. I-65 in Jackson and Bartholomew counties has lane restrictions in both directions between Seymour and Columbus.On SR 37 in Morgan County, southbound traffic is restricted to one lane in Martinsville.SR 256 in Scott County is closed east of AustinI-74 in Decatur and Ripley counties has lane restrictions between exits 143 and 156 near Batesville.Know Before You GoMotorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone or by using the INDOT mobile app.Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. Find links to INDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.Indy 500 TrafficRace fans driving to Indianapolis 500 festivities this weekend should plan their routes to the track and designate a sober driver home. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides directions, transportation options and general race information at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/fan-info/directions-and-zones/.INDOT traffic management staff will be on duty during the race, monitoring traffic cameras and congestion, coordinating with law enforcement, and posting information to dynamic message signs. INDOT’s Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrol sponsored by State Farm will assist all weekend in keeping traffic flowing.On Sunday, May 26, INDOT encourages through travelers to avoid race traffic on I-465 and I-65 on the west side of Indianapolis.Drive SafelyThe Indiana State Police and local law-enforcement agencies are participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 2. Officers are joining thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country in conducting high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.Seat belts save lives. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 15,000 lives. If all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older had worn their seat belts that same year, it’s estimated another 2,500 lives could have been saved.Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Indianapolis, In. — Though the weather hasn’t always felt like it, summer is right around the corner. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the ceremonial start to summer as travel season ramps up. Whether you’re attending the Indianapolis 500, vacationing, visiting family and friends or just passing through, INDOT urges drivers to plan extra travel time, to stay informed on road conditions and to drive safely. Central IndianaWatch for brief lane closures on I-74 between Waynetown and Crawfordsville for bridge construction, between mile markers 25-39 in Montgomery County.There will be NO construction work after noon on Friday in Central Indiana. Crews will be off the Indianapolis interstates the entire weekend. No lane restrictions or closures will be in place.Southern IndianaU.S. 50 between Loogootee and Mitchell, in Martin and Lawrence counties:Two paving operations near Buffalo Bottom and just east of Shoals.Bridge replacement with a lane of traffic controlled by temporary signal just west of Mitchell.last_img read more