They bought the startup 6D.ai, which develops cloud mapping software with augmented reality to implement this project.
At the same time, Airbnb is already interested in this technology because, with its help, you can get three-dimensional information about any place - you just need to bring your smartphone to a regular card. Users helped in testing these developments.
The company encouraged Pokémon GO players to take photos of various historical and exciting places in their cities. Thus, visual data were collected for the new three-dimensional map.
Niantic intends to create a full-fledged three-dimensional map of the world; its information will be updated continuously. Pokémon GO funds this project. In 2020, the game has already brought in more than $ 1 billion - a significant investment in developing a new map of the world.