Mapillary and Public Road Data

This week we started our first project using public road imagery. Many cities and municipalities collect road imagery, for example for the purpose of inventorying their road network. Mapillary enables a way to spread this data and get something back in the process.

Our first case comes from the Victorian Government in Australia, where VicRoads release imagery under an open data policy (CC-BY 3.0 AU). They're providing their whole road network with photos roughly every 20 meters (left, right, forwards) for thousands of kilometers of road. We worked with VicRoads to setup an import process where they could submit the data. It is currently running and will complete in the next few days.

Benefits

Some of the benefits of submitting road images to Mapillary:

  • Free up data, make it accessible for others to easily use.
  • Get the data connected with community photos that show other angles or a more recent view.
  • Get additional data for your imagery, including traffic sign detection and whatever else Mapillary APIs will expose in the future.
  • Easy use in any other service or tool through Mapillary APIs. Usually the data is stored on drives in formats that are not easily shared.

Thanks

We'd like to thank Steve Bennett (@stevage) for all his help with coordination and imports, as well as Adrian Porteous at VicRoads and the entire VicRoads team for their support.

Next up is the City of Greater Geelong, maybe your city or municipality is next? Ask your local authorities!

Of course, all of these photos are immediately available for use in OpenStreetMap editing, for example in the iD editor.

If you have questions, feedback, or would like to get in touch to talk about contributing your data, you can reach us on Twitter and email.

/Jan Erik

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