In Feb. 18 Issue
It was a small white truck, with several antennae, a dish and a bubble holding cameras adorning the roof. The vehicle made a tight right turn off US-127 onto Lakeway Drive south of the parkway and headed towards city hall, and US-80.
Inside were David Merrick and Jerry Whitworth. A computer screen displayed the live-time survey data, global positioning and video feeds.
The men were in the county last week collecting data.
"We're doing some updating in this part of the state," Merrick said. "We'll be in several counties this week."
The men said they work for Navteq, a company that provides all the mapping data for a great many of the companies that make auto GPS systems.
The men said the company is working on a major project to update the maps of the commonwealth.
Merrick smiled and waved as his photo was taken.
"We don't do the street views like Google," Merrick said, though his statement would seem to belie the cameras running on the rooftop.
"Any time that someone reports a problem with a map we go out to investigate," Whitworth said.
The crew passed through the county last Thursday.