Intel and GoodMaps Collaborate to Improve Indoor Mapping Technology

Evelyn Tichenor , Jan. 13, 2022, updated Jan. 13, 2022

GoodMaps and Intel bring LiDAR digital maps and navigation to indoor spaces

​As part of the Intel RISE Technology Initiative (IRTI), GoodMaps is collaborating with Intel to deliver a high-quality indoor wayfinding solution for all, with special emphasis on improving indoor navigation for people including those who are blind or low vision, mobility impaired, and deaf or hard of hearing. With GoodMaps technology people can safely and effectively navigate indoor spaces resulting in greater independence when traveling.

Over the past few months, GoodMaps and Portland State University have worked together to implement the GoodMaps system in the Smith Student Union. The goal is to expand the accessibility of campus buildings and improve the student experience. Visually impaired students often receive only basic orientation and mobility upon arriving on campus. This is likely not to be repeated each semester when their class schedule and navigation changes. With the power of GoodMaps, PSU students who are blind or low vision, mobility impaired, or just new to campus, can easily and confidently navigate using the GoodMaps Explore app. Check out the Intel & GoodMaps video.

GoodMaps and Intel Partnership

Intel is committed to creating a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world, enabled through innovative technologies and the expertise of partners like GoodMaps who advance Intel’s purpose: “to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth.” In support of this vision, GoodMaps and Intel have a long-term goal to create powerful multipurpose maps for venue owners to facilitate accessibility, asset tracking and much more.

Some of these R&D vectors include:

  • LiDAR and robot-based digitalization technologies to improve the point cloud acquisition process for high-resolution, fast and efficient indoor mapping
  • AI Cloud Services to host global and dynamic positioning inference models via optimized workflows on Intel XPUs
  • Real-time object detection and path planning delivering optimal navigation experiences
  • Binaural spatial audio for virtual and real-time navigation

Read more about the partnership on the Intel Newsroom

Improving indoor mapping with Labs

The next generation of indoor high-resolution 3D maps will create extraordinary technological capabilities critical to empower a wide spectrum of human-centric and machine-based services. From human assistance during wayfinding, to smart infrastructure and multipurpose service robotics, these technologies will exploit scalable high-resolution semantic maps to solve complex tasks in dynamic environments through AI and cloud-computing capabilities. Intel is investing, researching, and developing the key hardware and software enablers to democratize these technologies significantly improving the lives of all humans on earth.

Intel-Labs (at the Intelligent System Research Lab) is creating robot-based holistic mapping technologies establishing a solid bidirectional connection between the physical-reality and its connected digital-twin. Humanity is witnessing the emergence of a new hyperphysical era where Intel is committed to contribute and improve society's digitization transformation grounded on responsibility, inclusion and suitability principles. Hence, the alignment and importance of this robotic mapping for accessible wayfinding.

Read the GoodMaps & Intel whitepaper

Watch the GoodMaps videos from our Portland visit

GoodMaps had the opportunity to meet with members from the local public transportation groups, PSU students and faculty, and Intel team members.

GoodMaps at Portland State University

GoodMaps in Portland

Contact Us

For questions and app feedback email: support@goodmaps.com. To download the free GoodMaps apps, search for GoodMaps with no space followed by either Outdoors or Explore. For more information about GoodMaps visit: goodmaps.com or email info@goodmaps.com