THE Linux Foundation has teamed up with major companies to create open map data that can be used by developers and other companies. THE Overture Maps Foundation has the participation of Amazon Web Services (AWS)gives Goalgives Microsoft and the TomTom🇧🇷 Even if they don’t say so, the intention seems clear: to get maps out of Google’s clutches.
The four companies and the Linux Foundation intend to gather and make data available in an open, interoperable standard.
Thus, developers and researchers can create their own maps from them, in a way that suits their projects. Today, many rely on Google maps in their products.
The company, by the way, is not part of the Overture Maps Foundation. This may indicate both that it is not willing to collaborate, and that other companies want to take the domain of maps on the Internet out of the hands of the search giant.
The Overture Maps Foundation will start with simple information such as streets, avenues, roads and buildings. The idea is to evolve into a more complete service, including paths, navigation and 3D building data.
In addition to the map services we all use on a daily basis, information of this kind will be important in building the metaverse.
As it involves augmented reality, it is necessary to cross-reference user location data with real-world information. This is the only way to create content related to stores, restaurants, companies and other businesses. Hence Meta’s interest in the initiative.
Another participant is TomTom. As observed by TechCrunchthe company has lost much of its market value since 2007. Since then, smartphones and Google Maps have replaced dedicated GPS devices.
Today, the company has partnerships with Uber and Microsoft, as well as kits for developers and projects in the area of autonomous vehicles.
OpenStreetMap is complementary, says Overture
Perhaps the idea of open maps is familiar to you. One of the most famous initiatives in this sense is the OpenStreetMapwhich works as a “Wikipedia” of maps, where anyone can contribute with information for the project.
According to Overture Maps Foundation FAQthe two projects are complementary.
“We combine OpenStreetMap with other sources to produce new map datasets”, writes the entity.
According to TechCrunchat first, much of Overture’s data will come from OpenStreetMap.
“Overture data will be available to the OpenStreetMap community under supported open data licenses. We encourage Overture members to contribute directly to OSM.”
With information: TechCrunch🇧🇷 Android Police🇧🇷