Uber: Taking City Visualization into the Third Dimension

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3D visualization is a topic not frequently written about. Most datasets don't have a geo component, and even those that do don't often care about the Z axis. But Uber's "aerial ridesharing" business does.

What I found interesting in this article was just how much momentum there is in this space. Here's a quick snippet:

The 3D Tiles space is abuzz with a steady stream of developments. New tile types are added at a regular cadence to the existing standards and we may even see the introduction of new tile format specifications to cover specialized use cases.
In tandem, tile generation pipelines and backends are rapidly becoming more sophisticated and we expect them to soon be able to convert between tiles of different formats, perhaps even on-demand as tiles are requested.

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