Utah, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut and Vermont have all uploaded complete photologs of their road networks on to the street-level imagery platform.
Some 270,000 miles of road data has been uploaded to Mapillary’s street-level imagery platform by US Departments of Transportation.
DOTs in Utah, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, and Vermont have all uploaded complete photologs of their road networks, totalling 40 million images. All the images are open for anyone to view.
The Mapillary platform uses computer vision, a form of artificial intelligence, to better understand infrastructure and road safety at scale. Images from any device are combined into a visualisation of the world that generates map data for improving maps, developing cities, and progressing the automotive industry.
“A huge part of the puzzle for DOTs is to be able to make sense of all the data they have,” said Janine Yoong, vice president of business development at Mapillary. “You need quick and scalable ways of assessing roads and the surrounding infrastructure, whether that’s the actual roads or things like guard rails. Most DOTs manage road networks that span across hundreds of thousands of miles, so this has previously been a very laborious and expensive task.”
Mapillary was recently recognised by the US Federal Highway Administration as an important tool for understanding and improving road safety.
“You need quick and scalable ways of assessing roads and the surrounding infrastructure, whether that’s the actual roads or things like guard rails”
Road safety is a huge issue across the United States, as a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that nearly 40,000 people die on US streets each year. It also revealed that traffic injury is the leading cause of death for people aged between five and 29 years, while traffic accidents in the US are estimated to cost a staggering $871 billion annually.
Yoong says Mapillary saves DOTs both time and money, as the technology allows a better understanding of road networks.
“Most people don’t think about things like traffic signs and road conditions until it’s broken, but keeping track of this is of absolute necessity to ensure that people on the roads remain safe. This has typically required physically visiting various roads and sites, or manually analysing photos. Having access to readily analysed photos saves both time and taxpayers’ money, and helps ensure road safety”.
People and organisations all over the world have contributed more than 470 million images toward Mapillary’s mission of helping people understand the world’s places through images and making this data available. Clients and partners include the World Bank, Lyft, HERE, and Toyota Research Institute.
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