Road Mapper is a programme that allows users to add missing roads to Google Maps in regions of the world that have the most need for it. Google made an announcement today that it is providing access to more contributors to participate in Road Mapper. Additionally, in today’s blog post, the business mentioned that its contributors have mapped more than 1.5 million kilometres of roads, which has made it possible for more than 200 million users to use Google Maps as a navigational tool. Given that Road Mapper was only introduced to the world two years ago, the achievement is quite noteworthy.
Road Mapper is a platform that only users who have been invited can access. On this platform, users take part in challenges by creating roads in places that have a huge population but are lacking a considerable amount of road network on Google Maps. Using satellite pictures, users draw the road geometry. The drawings are then subjected to a review procedure, and within a few days, if they are accepted, they will be visible to the public on Google Maps.
Fill out the web form provided by Google for those who are interested in joining Road Mapper. In addition to this, top contributors who have mapped the greatest number of roads now have the ability to recommend up to five more contributors using the Road Mapper Referral form.
Google expressed their gratitude in a post that read, “A huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of Road Mapper for some time.” The contributions they’ve made have made a significant impact on the lives of individuals all across the world.
OpenStreetMap (OSM), which is considered to be one of the largest crowd-sourced mapping projects with over 10 million contributors, functions in a manner that is comparable to that of Road Mapper. On the other hand, OSM is a free resource that may be accessed by anybody.
In similar developments, an organisation known as the Overture Maps Foundation just released its first open map dataset. This makes it possible for third-party developers to quickly build mapping or navigation products and compete with industry heavyweights such as Google and Apple. Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, and TomTom, which is a mapping provider, came together to form the organisation.