Linux Foundation announces an open-source mapping platform is in development. These public map data are compiled between TomTom, AWS, and Meta.
The Overture Maps Foundation was founded by four major tech companies under the direction of the Linux Foundation. The aim of this collaboration is to create open-source maps that can be exchanged between different programs.
Someone who occasionally uses Google or Apple maps has noticed that many functions are linked to maps these days. The quality of the map increases and the navigation continues to get accurate. The development of these card systems isn’t an accident. It is therefore possible to use a bunch of data to describe that kind of world we’ve been around around us as well. The Overture Maps Foundation wants to do that. By leveraging the resources of TomTom, Amazon, Microsoft and Meta, the organisation aims to design new maps for the global standard.
I assume that the result was a relatively accurate result. This base map can easily be developed by different developers into their own products. For example, TomTom wants to compare different datasets to the map to enable advanced navigation and to help autonomous vehicles. Also, the Overture Maps Foundation makes it a lot easier for future map developers to create maps in one’s mind that have many functions.
A base map will be available in the second half of 2023. Until now, Overture Maps hopes to join more organizations, including services providers and governments, in the partnership. By this, more map data could be collected quickly.