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Bentley Uses Space Technology to Take 53-Billion-Pixel Image of Its Car

25 June 2016

Bentley has unveiled what it calls “the world’s most extraordinary car photograph” that shows its new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The ‘Gigapixel’ image allows users on theThe ‘Gigapixel’ image allows users on the Bentley website to zoom from approximately 2,300 feet out. (Image Credit: Bentley Motors)The ‘Gigapixel’ image allows users on the Bentley website to zoom from approximately 2,300 feet out. (Image Credit: Bentley Motors) Bentley website to zoom from approximately 2,300 feet out to view individual stitches.

The image was created using the same technology that NASA developed to allow Mars rovers to take panoramic photographs for exploration purposes. Viewers can get up-close-and-personal with the image by using an interactive zoom function to travel from all the way above the bridge into the Mulsanne’s cabin.

The image is 4,425 times larger than a typical smartphone image and consists of approximately 53 billion pixels. It was created by taking 700 individual shots from the same location and “stitching” them together digitally. If the image was ever reproduced in standard print format, it would be the size of a football field.

“Nowhere is Bentley’s famed attention to detail better demonstrated than with our new Mulsanne. We wanted to commission this shot to capture both the exquisite detailing of the Mulsanne and the epic scale of our brand’s ambitions. We believe the result is truly extraordinary,” said Kevin Rose, Bentley’s board member for Sales and Marketing.

The Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase that is featured in the 'Gigapixel' shot includes a 250-mm extension of the Mulsanne’s wheelbase (from 3,266 mm up to 3,516 mm), which benefits rBentley stitchingBentley stitchingear-seat passengers who need more legroom.

With the additional rear legroom, Bentley developed airline-style electronic leg rests, which are integrated into the bases of the two rear seats. The leg rests extend outward and pivot, offering rear-seat passengers the luxury of choice between upright, relaxed and reclined seating positions.

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