Mapillary joined Facebook to Improve Maps for Everyone and Everywhere

According to its latest blogpost, Mapillary will be a part of Facebook's open mapping efforts to benefit a larger part of its users. Together with Mapillary, Facebook is now focusing on improving maps using tools and technology.

Mapillary joined Facebook to Improve Maps for Everyone and Everywhere
Mapillary joins Facebook

Mapillary joined Facebook to Improve Maps for Everyone and Everywhere

Facebook is always concerned about digital privacy. To improve the quality of its services, Facebook has now acquired Mapillary. Mapillary is a Swedish mapping startup that solicits photo uploads by regular users. In turn, this helps build a highly accurate and detailed street-level map of the world.

According to its latest blogpost, Mapillary will be a part of Facebook's open mapping efforts to benefit a larger part of its users. Together with Mapillary, Facebook is now focusing on improving maps using tools and technology. A combination of machine learning and satellite imageries will make better maps for everyone. Its partnership with mapping communities is expanding coverage and adding a large amount of data from the world. Products such as Facebook Marketplace use these maps to secure transactions for small businesses associated with them. Several Humanitarian organizations around the organizations also rely on this vital data. 

A big step of Mapillary to build a global street-level imagery platform

Mapillary is developing a set of tools to create a live visual representation of areas across the globe. It is available for everyone so that anyone interested in updating the maps can do it easily. 

Mapillary is looking forward to improving the ways for users and machines to utilize aerial and street-level imagery to build improved maps. 

The data will be open and free to access commercially and non commercially. 

Things will improve without changing Mapillary's key purpose

Mapillary's new collaboration will not affect its commitment to Open Street Maps, and the rights given to OSM editors will not change. Mapillary will continue with its collaborative model that works with the mapping communities, cities, companies, and others. Users will be getting an accurate, detailed, and up to date world map as usual.

Moreover, imageries will continue to be available freely on the Mapillary platform for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Since the images uploaded are open and available to everyone, new use cases and growth are expected with Facebook's partnership. It will improve the offerings of free service to everyone interested.

Although no financial details have been shared by Mapillary, things will not change for users in the short term. Facebook is facing privacy issues in recent years. This new idea will benefit both parties. Joining Facebook will enable Mapillary to build tools necessary to keep the maps accurate and detailed. Map products from Facebook are focused to improve the quality of living for communities around the world such as its Disease Prevention Maps that help in disease forecasting and taking preventive measures.