Video: Camera car to help create digital record of Bend streets

Leilani Rapaport / The Bulletin

A car driven around Bend with a camera mounted on it is gathering high-definition images of sidewalks, signage, striping, trees and other items. These 360-degree images will be useful in city planning and resource management, according to city Street Division Manager Hardy Hanson.

On Friday, the “camera car” was on display at City Hall. The car will collect images over the next two weeks, depending on weather conditions. The city expects to receive software tools and processed images from the project in January. The data-collection software blurs license plates and faces to protect personal privacy, said Colleen Miller, Bend GIS coordinator.

“We're in a data-driven business now, and really this is very important for us to know what we have out there to help manage it correctly,” Hanson said.

The contract's initial phase costs about $40,000, according to Hanson.

— Reporter: 541-617-7858, lrapaport@bendbulletin.com

This blue Toyota Prius will be riding around Bend in November, gathering imagery to help with city planning and resource management.