Mapillary map features now available globally in OpenStreetMap
By Chris Beddow, Mapillary
All Mapillary map features are now available in OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools with recent upgrades to JOSM and iD editors, also reflected in the RapiD editor. Mapillary is a tool for mappers everywhere, enabling local communities to capture imagery and fix maps in a collaborative way.
Mappers can now access not only traffic signs, but other point data with a related OSM tag by activating the map features layer in the Mapillary section of either editor. In addition, geospatial data extracted with the tool is available through the tool’s API on a global scale at no charge, so developers can integrate these into their own custom tools by simply creating a client ID.
Until recently, map features in OpenStreetMap iD editor were available by request only, while this data was never integrated in the Mapillary JOSM plugin until now. Mapillary has been examining the more detailed relationships between its features, such as benches (object–bench) and utility poles (object–support–utility-pole) compared to their OSM tag equivalents. In some cases, many OSM tags match a single possible piece of Mapillary data, and it is up to the users to correctly and thoroughly tag the data when adding it into OSM.
The data provided is improved with the quality of the images, a strong GPS signal, and dedicated verification of the detections using verification projects. As contributors, users have the capability of producing detailed data that their community can help translate into OpenStreetMap.