Mapping Platform Calls On The Crowd To Fill In Google’s Gaps
Move over, Google - Mapillary aims to transform the tech giant’s mapping tool.
Since its launch in 2007, Google street view has mapped over 5 million miles worth of panoramic views of the world’s cities and rural areas. A new platform aims to increase this number and offer a way of revealing the remaining places that have missed the mark.
New startup Mapillary is a platform that crowdsources street view photos by using people’s smartphones, documenting places that have previously remained unmapped. Cofounders Jan Erik Solem and Johan Gyllenspetz are asking contributors to collect images of these unmapped places while they walk, bike or drive, and to upload them to the service as soon as they get home.