With the aid of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Hong Kong's University of Science and Technology is planning to map out the city and produce results that it says will rival those of Google or Apple.
According to a report on the South China Morning Post, the university will use UAVs, along with helicopters and planes, to capture minute details of Hong Kong and produce an online, 3D map.
The university claims this system is different from that of Google or Apple in that it is able to retrieve all necessary information from the images, so there is nothing unaccounted for that would otherwise have to be manually entered.
The system may even have the future capability of recording typical traffic activity and that of humans, including in residential zones.
The entire South China Morning Post article can be found here.