Nokia owns Navteq and they have 3D maps. So why would Nokia use maps from another firm?
"With some 3D data now in hand, Navteq has begun selling what it calls Enhanced 3D City Models. It can be used in navigation devices to give people in cars or on foot a better graphical idea of their surroundings, the company said.
Navteq said it's showing off a True-equipped data collection vehicle and the 3D city maps at CES in Las Vegas this week.
The Enhanced 3D City Models are available for the United States, with Europe, Asia, and South American models scheduled to arrive later this year. The True system is being deployed in the United States first, with Europe to follow soon and Asia coming later in 2010.
Navteq's move to slurp up 3D data is no surprise. Microsoft said in December that its Bing Maps service will use the Navteq 3D imagery."
What Apple has bought is a company that has been use declassified material; so it is not even the same technology being used.
Google has been collecting its own Street View imagery with 3D laser technology since at least 2008."