LiDAR News has a post and video about a novel indoor mapping system from Aalto University that rolls around the floor and measures the distance travelled, sort of like a surveyor’s wheel, while simultaneously laser scanning the area.
The Guardian has a piece on the most detailed map of Australian population density every produced, giving the population density for every square km of land.
GPS World alerts readers that the next four Galileo satellites are now at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and being tested for space readiness.
IEEE Spectrum weaves a tale telling of the recently discovered fate of the Beagle 2 Mars robot, which we lost contact with over a decade ago.
Additionally, IEEE Spectrum also has a post analysing the recent announcement from Google detailing its partners behind the pod-like automated vehicle currently being tested in California.
Maps Mania has a collection of maps based on Wikipedia articles – from locations of users editing controversial religious pages, to heat maps based on keywords, it’s amazing what maps you can make from Wikipedia metadata.
And, to round out the best of the blogs this week is another post from Maps Manis highlighting the funniest maps of 2014.