Announcing the Mapillary Camera Grant Program with OpenStreetMap US

Mapillary contributors in the US can now apply for a 360º camera thanks to a partnership between OSM US and Mapillary. The cameras will improve the availability of imagery throughout the country and help communities map pedestrian infrastructure.
Edoardo Neerhut
16 June 2023

Mapillary is pleased to announce the return of the Camera Grant Program after a long hiatus. The cameras will improve the availability of 360º imagery in the US, making it easier for the open data community to map the features they care about. The return of the program has been made possible by OpenStreetMap US which is helping to promote the program and manage the distribution of the cameras. We’re grateful for their partnership and the extent to which they’re improving contributions and access to OpenStreetMap.

The Details

Meta has purchased 20 GoPro Max 360º cameras as well as accessories to allow capture by foot and/or vehicle.

Each camera kit comes with the following:

  • GoPro Max 360º camera
  • 128GB microSD card
  • Selfie stick with ¼” screw
  • ¼” screw to GoPro adapter
  • Fat Gecko Triple Suction Mount

While we would like to support bicycle capture, the range of bicycle types makes a one-size-fits all bicycle mount hard to find. We welcome the purchase of bicycle mounts should the camera grant recipient choose to do so.

The GoPro Max resolution is high enough to discern street names and addresses under the right conditions.

The GoPro Max was chosen for four reasons:

  1. Ease of use: The GoPro Max is incredibly simple to use. Just hit record and drop the images or video into Mapillary’s Desktop Uploader.
  2. Form factor: The camera is lightweight and designed for action, which makes it suitable for a variety of capture scenarios you might have in mind. A lighter camera means lighter mounting equipment.
  3. Cost: It’s affordable, allowing us to scale up the program and get more cameras to more people.
  4. Image quality: While there are cameras capable of capturing a higher quality 360º image, the GoPro does a lot considering its price and form factor. Mapillary is able to derive a lot of map data from GoPro Max images including the location of sidewalks.

Objectives of the Program

In practice, this means we care about improving map data related to pedestrians such as the location and surface type of sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, curb cuts, lighting and more. To ensure the program has the greatest impact, we’re particularly interested in populated urban areas such as:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • New York City, New York
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Washington D.C.

Who Should Apply

You should apply if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Current residents of the United States. Although we plan to launch in Europe soon, that will be a separate application form.
  2. You have captured Mapillary sequences before. We are looking for people who understand the value of street-level imagery and how to collect accurate data.
  3. You have a clear idea of what you would like to do with imagery.
  4. You’re passionate about improving pedestrian map data such as the types we mentioned above.
  5. You have the time to use the camera and/or are part of a community that could use the camera on a regular basis.

How To Apply

You can apply for a camera by filling out this application form. Note that there are limited cameras available and we will not be able to meet every request. If the cameras are getting used and improving 360º imagery coverage and pedestrian data, we will consider scaling up the program, making more cameras available.

Early conversations with the mapping community indicate a strong desire to map pedestrian infrastructure. Better data in OpenStreetMap will improve the accuracy of pedestrian routing, while also drawing attention to areas that require more infrastructure investment. If you have ideas or suggestions about the program and/or pedestrian mapping projects, reach out to us via

Thank you to Jess Beutler and Maggie Cawley of OpenStreetMap US for making this initiative possible.

Happy mapping!