Mapillary, founded in 2013 to make “street-level imagery and map data available to everyone,” has announced that it can now extract 42 new types of map features from street-level imagery and automatically position them on a map. In a company blog post at blog.mapillary.com, Gerhard Neuhold, Computer Vision Engineer, wrote that the features include utility poles, streetlights, mailboxes, and manhole covers. This will help cities, mapping companies, and transportation agencies keep their maps up to date using cameras.
The company brings together a global network of contributors with the goal of making map features accessible to everyone by visualizing the world and building better maps. Anyone can join and collect street-level images, using simple tools like smartphones and cameras, and the company’s computer vision technology can connect images to create immersive street-level views and extract map data. Mapillary has grown into a worldwide community, with people and organizations having mapped more than 5 million km across 190 countries.