I can’t say that I’ve ever really thought about how exactly GPS companies create their maps. I’ve always assumed there some sort of vehicles along the lines of the Google Street View cars that cruise the nation’s highways making maps.
TomTom has announced a cool new contest for the summer with five groups of four family members or friends that can win a free trip to one of five tropical island locations. Along with an all expenses paid trip, the contest winners will also receive $15,000. TomTom apparently expects the contest winners to actually perform the mapping work saying that this is a good chance for people to see what goes into making digital maps.
The island locations people can win trips to include Fiji, St. Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde, and the Seychelles. Contrast registration is open now at this link. “The very first step in creating an accurate map is proper field work, and that is where the Map Paradise Project comes in,” said Corinne Vigreux, managing director, TomTom. “This project will not only create five new navigable maps, it will also give people a unique insight into how our maps are made. And where better to start mapping, then on a beautiful paradise island.”
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