Mapillary launches marketplace to expand coverage of its crowdsourced map images and data

Mapillary launches marketplace to expand coverage of its crowdsourced map images and data

By CHRIS O’BRIEN    twitter.com/obrien 

Buyers would post a request for data, sellers near the data location can fulfill the data request for a fee.

At this point in time, Mapillary doesn’t make money through the transaction between marketplace buyers and sellers. Its primary objective with the marketplace is to enrich its data set through a leaner data acquisition model.

Mapillary is a collaborative platform that crowdsources imagery from users who download its app and take street-level pictures with their smartphones. These are then shared to Mapillary’s system, where its computer vision technology breaks them down into objects and data.

“It’s about connecting the supply and demand side of the platform better,” said Mapillary CEO and cofounder Jan Erik Solem. “We have people who have contributed to our community who work all over the world. And we have customers who need very specific mapping images and data.”