This summer EyeVi team finished first in every single race of Rally Estonia held from 12th to 14th of July on the challenging roads of Southern Estonia. The truth is that we were not there to compete with Ott Tänak or Markko Märtin, but to apply our mobile mapping system (MMS) to record the venue. Car mounted MMS gathers panoramic photos and laser scanned shapes of 3D spaces. The configuration of our Kia was good and the tires performed excellently as did our MMS.
The impulse to participate in Rally Estonia came to us in May when the organizing committee contacted us and invited us to conduct a pilot run. Reach-U’s positive answer to this came immediately as we are convinced that mobile mapping is the way of the future. We had the privilege to go there with a fully open approach: collect enough MMS data to explore all the ways it can be utilized. Our MMS drove all the stages twice. Data collection went smoothly and the postprocessing will be finished soon.
Next step is going to be a workshop with the Rally Estonia organizers to collaborate on MMS use cases. We have already discussed using MMS data to monitor the security situation both on the road and in the audience sections. MMS data would also be helpful in the gaming industry, because it gives an accurate input for creating virtual environments. These are just two examples, we hope to find even more use cases.