When you think of mobile mapping, you instantly think of Google Maps. Especially for private users Google is the standard solution. The Swedish startup Mapillary with its street photos uploaded by users has long been considered an alternative by insiders – especially in areas where Google Maps is currently not expanding its streetview services. Now Facebook has acquired Mapillary, as Mapillary first announced in its own blog.
Mobile Mapping by Crowdsourcing
Mapillary was founded in 2013, users can post images on the platform, for example of streets. The database currently has more than one billion images. Users can use the images to get an overview of places of interest or follow the development of areas via a timeline. A software identifies image content such as traffic signs or road markings. This information can help to make maps increasingly precise.
Facebook wants to expand Marketplace
With the help of Mapillary, Facebook wants to further expand the services of its marketplace, among other things, according to media reports. The acquisition price has not been communicated, but the Mapillary service will continue to be available for free – in future for commercial customers as well.