Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. publish open map datasets that can compete with Google Maps and Apple Maps

Under the support of

the Linux Foundation , a non-profit technology consortium, the Overture Maps Foundation, an organization that aims to build open and interoperable map data established by Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, and map company TomTom, has been around since its establishment. The first open map dataset was released on July 27, 2023.

Overture Maps Foundation Releases Its First World-Wide Open Map Dataset – Overture Maps Foundation

Meta, Microsoft and Amazon release open map dataset to rival Google Maps, Apple Maps | TechCrunch

The Overture Maps Foundation is an organization whose mission is to 'enable modern and next-generation map products by creating reliable, easy-to-use, and interoperable open data maps.' Founded in May. When the Overture Maps Foundation was established, there were four participating companies, Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom, but at the time of writing the article, nine more companies were participating.

Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, TomTom, Linux Foundation launched 'Overture Maps Foundation' aiming to build open source map data to compete with Google Maps - GIGAZINE

The dataset ``Overture 2023-07-26-alpha.0'', released for the first time by the Overture Maps Foundation, contains four data layers: landmarks, buildings, transportation networks, and administrative boundaries around the world. . The area where the map data is recorded is the range marked in green on the world map below.

It is said that more than 59 million data are recorded in the famous place layer. In addition, it seems that the building layer includes footprints of buildings generated by OpenStreetMap and Microsoft AI. In addition, the transportation network layer is not just a road map, but is designed to support the addition of data such as speed limits and real-time traffic volume.

Overture 2023-07-26-alpha.0 layers have been validated through quality checks and will be released with Overture Maps' own data schema published in June 2023. The dataset can be downloaded from:

Download – Overture Maps Foundation

'Overture2023-07-26-alpha.0 establishes a comprehensive, commercially-available precision open map dataset for our ever-changing world,' said Marc Priorau, executive director of the Overture Maps Foundation. Released as a significant step, especially the Points of Interest layer, a previously unavailable major open dataset that maps everything from new storefronts of varying sizes to retail locations anywhere in the world. Anyone involved in cartography knows that the initial data is just the beginning.To meet users' expectations, map data is constantly changing and evolving. It is our ongoing challenge to maintain.'

TechCrunch, an IT news site, said, ``By using Overture 2023-07-26-alpha.0, third-party developers can build their own maps and navigation, and the situation is monopolized by Google and Apple. can be broken,” he said.

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