It is used to extract information from images. This includes street names or business names. The technology goes back to the work begun in 2008 to make faces and license plates unrecognizable in street-view recordings.
Google makes open source code used to optimize Google Maps
Google has made a technology for text recognition in its pictures of the TensorFlow machine project. It is now available to interested people at Github. TensorFlow itself has offered Google since 2015 under the Apache License.
On the occasion of the publication, the Google employees Julian Ibarz, Software Engineer in the Brain Team and Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager of the Ground Truth Team also give insights into the use of the text recognition technology by the Group. (more…)