Guess what’s common between Bentley’s new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase luxury car and the Moon? As confusing as it may sound, they in fact have something in common. Bentley clicked a photo of its new Mulsanne using the same technology as NASA’s Mars Rover, and it’s a whopping 53 billion pixels huge in resolution. Also Read - High-speed solar storm to hit Earth today, impact phone signals: NASA warns
To put this into perspective, this photo is 3,300 times the size of a picture clicked from a 16-megapixel smartphone camera. That’s not all, if blown up to full-size, this photo will develop into the size of a football field. This one image comprises of about seven hundred pictures stitched together, due to which it allows you to zoom in at such great lengths. Also Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One
The camera used to click the photograph of the car uses the same technology as the Mast Camera or Mastcam used on the Mars Rover. The camera is capable of capturing high-definition videos and images at 10fps. The Mastcam clicks color images that can be stitched together to create a large panoramic photograph. Also Read - NASA Perseverance Mars rover uses 1998 iMac processor with just one upgrade
This iconic Bentley image, which the company itself calls the ‘World’s most extraordinary car photograph’, shows the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase luxury car speeding through San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.
If you actually attempt to download the photo, it could take you over four hours to download. More if you don’t have a high-speed connection. But, fortunately, Bentley has hosted the image on its website for viewers to see. When we zoomed in we started off with looking at the image of the Golden Gate and ended at staring at the embroidered Bentley logo on the headrest of the car seat. And while zooming in, every pixel was so clear and defined. We thought our computer screen was probably smaller, because the picture looked like it could still be zoomed in further.
Autocar puts it very well, it says, that the meaning behind Bentley’s idea of adopting such a technology to photograph the car is metaphoric. It mirrors the detailing and convoluted facets that the car manufacturer pays attention to.