This is not the first move Facebook makes in the world of maps, in 2019 it opened its artificial intelligence tool to OpenStreetMap users and announced its plans to create a 3D map of the world. Soon after, it implemented an interactive map to keep users up to date with the spread of COVID-19, but now it’s even more impressive, it has purchased the alternative solution to Google Street View.
Mapillary is a street-level imaging platform that scales and automates mapping. It has been in existence since 2013, and has data from 190 countries, with photos of neighborhoods thanks to users’ mobile phones. The Mapillary software joins the captures made by people to create immersive street-level views, just like Google Street View does, but instead of Google cars, there are people with their mobiles.
All the images in Mapillary have been free for anyone to use for non-commercial purposes, but as of today, they will also be free for commercial users. This means that we can use street photos from any city in the world to make our own application and earn money from it.
Facebook may include the service on its platform so that we can see business photos on Facebook pages, as well as drive much more advanced mapping solutions.