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Mapillary launches street-level image and map data marketplace

Mapmakers and others can post requests on the marketplace, which aims to respond to the increased pressure for up-to-date map data.

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The marketplace will be demand-driven and powered by computer vision
The marketplace will be demand-driven and powered by computer vision

Mapillary has launched a marketplace for street-level images and map data where users can buy the service of capturing street-level images and map data.

 

The street-level imagery platform, that uses computer vision to automate and scale mapping, enables mapmakers and others needing map data to post mapping requests throughout the US and Europe.

 

Increased pressure on map data

 

Mapillary said the rise of new players in mobility and increased pressure on mapmakers for fresh and accurate data means the demand for map data is growing rapidly.

 

The company has announced three new mapping projects that are already live for drivers on the marketplace to view, accept, complete, and get paid for through a mobile app.

 

Studies indicate that the global geospatial analytics market is expected to grow by 350 per cent between 2017 and 2027 to $175bn.

 

“The whole mapping scene is changing rapidly and more players than ever need detailed and up-to-date maps,” said Jan Erik Solem, co-founder and CEO, Mapillary.

 

“These days it’s not just humans that need maps, it’s autonomous vehicles, drones, delivery fleets, last-mile solutions, micro-mobility providers, and many more. Each of these needs to understand what streets look like on a detailed level and they need a scalable way to do that. That’s where the Mapillary marketplace comes in.”

"These days it’s not just humans that need maps, it’s autonomous vehicles, drones, delivery fleets, last-mile solutions, micro-mobility providers, and many more"

Anyone can browse and complete mapping tasks that have been posted by mapping companies and others on the marketplace. There are several mapping projects live on the marketplace already, with drivers being able to join and complete mapping tasks in Nashville, Dallas, and Gothenburg.

 

All the uploaded images are processed with computer vision which blurs sensitive information like faces and license plates, and the technology automatically detects 43 different object classes before positioning them on the map.

 

The object classes range from traffic signs and manholes to fire hydrants and utility poles, and there are currently more than 50 billion such street objects that have been detected from the 540 million images on Mapillary’s platform.

 

All of the images on the crowdsourcing platform have been uploaded by people and companies from reportedly more than 190 countries across the world.

 

“We’re the only organisation to publish map data from street-level images in this way, available for anyone with clear usage rights and commercial terms,” added Solem.

 

“That’s why people and companies bring images to the Mapillary platform because they need the data from the imagery, and this is the only scalable way for them to access it. Recently we’ve had a lot of companies ask for map data in locations where there is no imagery, and that’s why we’ve built the marketplace.”

 

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The Mapillary marketplace covers Europe and the USA
The Mapillary marketplace covers Europe and the USA
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