The Mosaic X's road trip from Denver to Florida after Geo week 2024, as seen on Mapillary

Road Trip with the Mosaic X Camera System

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Join the journey with the Mosaic X camera system from Denver, CO to Gaineville, FL with chief operator Dylan Faraone, Mosaic’s Mobile Mapping Solutions Architect.

Curious about Dylan‘s 5-day road trip through nine states after Geo Week in Denver? Join us as we explore his journey, captured with the Mosaic X and uploaded to Mapillary!

📅 5 unforgettable days

🛣️ 1,691 miles (2,721 km)

📹 One camera (Mosaic X)

🎬 One operator (Dylan Faraone)

📍 10m distance-based triggering

💿 1.41TB of data

📸 232,538 panos

⏳ 5 days to process

💾 with the largest reel at 210GB

The Mosaic X's road trip from Denver to Florida after Geo week 2024, as seen on Mapillary
Check out all 232,538 panos collected and uploaded from the Mosaic X camera system here (***at the time of this article’s publishing, some of the data had not been uploaded to Mapillary. That will be updated when it is completed.)

This journey was a rigorous test of endurance, not just for our camera, but for the driver too – it turns out both are pretty good at not taking unscheduled naps 😁 It also put our data processing capabilities to the ultimate test, successfully managing an immense volume of data captured without any issues.

Witness the journey yourself and explore the images Dylan uploaded to Mapillary 

More about Mosaic, Mapillary and ArcGIS:

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Part 1: Capture the Whole Town with Mosaic, Upload it into Mapillary to Get Full Asset Segmentation for FREE

Part 2: Maximize GIS Potential with 360º Imagery by Mosaic Cameras and Mapillary Integration in ArcGIS Pro

And now let the journey begin (ask told by the driver himself).

Day 1: Denver to Lincoln, NE

Total distance: 490 miles (788 km)

Total drive time: 9 hours 10 minutes 

My first real data capture with Lynn (Mosaic’s Director of Sales & Marketing)!

Mosaic 360 cameras road trip after Geo Week 2024
Lynn and Dylan starting out from Denver.

We left Denver around 9am and pushed on to Lincoln.  Eventually the sun set, so we turned off the recording for about the last 45 minutes to an hour. I was exhausted, Lynn’s family made us pizza! And we both learned what an ‘ooni’ is.  

I was totally refreshed in the morning and ready to drive on to Springfield.

The stop in Lincoln was the only prepared stopping point.  The rest of my stops were determined by weather conditions, how I was feeling, making sure I wasn’t too tired to reach some place for the sake of it, and I tried to only drive during daylight hours to get the most out of the camera recordings.

Follow Lynn and Dylan on the start of the Geo Week 2024 road trip with the Mosaic X.
Check out Lynn’s post after Day 1 of the road trip.

Day 2:  Lincoln, NE to Springfield, MO

Total distance:  359 miles (577 km)

Total drive time: 8 hours 23 minutes 

There wasn’t much to look at on this drive.  But after leaving Clinton, MO it was nice to drive over the water.

Check it out on Mapillary here –>

This was probably the most boring and uneventful part of the trip.  Not much change topographically, so lots of driving through flat areas and small towns.

Day 3: Springfield, MO to Marion, AR

Total distance: 276 miles (444 km)

Total drive time: 4 hours 33 minutes 

The day started with a rush to beat the rain, but bad weather loomed over most of the day. 

I got off the road that day because long stretches of road before that were damp from rain during the day, caused passing vehicles to send a fine mist that I would need to stop and clean the lenses occasionally.  

(As a reminder, all Mosaic cameras – Mosaic 51, Mosaic X and Mosaic Viking are all fully capable of handling the rain and dust, but the data itself isn’t ideal when there are raindrops in the images.) 

Perhaps not to evident in this one shot, but the slight haziness of the camera is due to the rain. You can see the puddles around on the ground. “The camera handles the rain surprisingly well,” Dylan reported.

By the time I got to Marion, the forecast ahead was terrible, and I had already collected imagery in overcast conditions and in the rain.  So, I stopped early and took a nice break from the long drives.

Day 4: Marion AR, to Columbus, GA

Total distance: 335 miles (539 km)

Total drive time: 6 hours 35 minutes

It was a very windy morning leaving Marion AR, with gusts up to 24 mph.  When I started driving I quickly passed through Memphis, TN and all the fun traffic that was happening due to the heavy construction that was going on.  

Shortly thereafter I was driving through Mississippi, and eventually I made it into Georgia. All in all, I was in four states that day even if I was only in Tennessee for a short bit.  

I did get turned around a little bit, and took a wrong turn, but the Opelika Fire Department seemed to get a kick out of seeing the camera on top of the car.  

It is always fun to see people’s reaction when they notice the camera on top of the car.  Some people smile, wave, point and get the attention of their companions, and as you guessed it, some even make the occasional rude gesture. 

While it was not the most eventful day, it was a satisfying end knowing my journey was almost at a close and I’d be home in my bed the next day.

Day 5: Columbus, GA to Gaineville, FL

Total distance: 231 miles (372 km)

Total drive time: 4 hours 35 minutes 

Day started off fine, but Florida greeted me with rain.  Nearly the entire trip back home was overcast or raining, or raining heavily. 

I eventually pulled off at a gas station where the recording ended.  I stopped before getting to my hometown of Gainesville because this gas station wasn’t too far from home, and it had a huge overhang roof where I could take the camera off the vehicle without having to get rained on myself.  Whereas at home I don’t have a covered area to park the car, so I would’ve gotten soaked taking all the equipment down.

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