Facebook buys Google Street View competitor Mapillary

Fb this week acquired Swedish-based crowdsourced mapping agency mapillary for an undisclosed sum.

Facebook buys Google Street View competitor Mapillary

Launched in 2013 as an iPhone app, Mapillary is a mapping platform that takes pictures submitted by customers of their native communities and stitches them collectively to create continuously evolving street-level maps. The corporate added help for Android customers in early 2014. As of final yr, Mapillary’s database contained over a billion photographs.

In distinction, companies like Google make the most of inside groups to seize street-level imagery to be used in Google Maps. This technique provides them higher management over the standard of the photographs they seize but in addition implies that pictures are up to date far much less typically in comparison with the huge community of customers that Mapillary has.

Mapillary co-founder Jan Erik Solem said the corporate will proceed to function a world platform for imagery, map knowledge and enhancing maps. Customers will nonetheless have the ability to add imagery simply as they all the time have and use map knowledge from current photographs on the platform. Shifting ahead, nonetheless, all imagery on Mapillary will even be open for business use freed from cost.

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