Road Mapper is a generally invite-only program in which participants enter a contest to create roads in areas where there are significant gaps in the Google Maps road network. Participants create road geometry using satellite images, which is then tested. Accepted drawings are integrated into Google Maps within a few days.
The expansion of the project now welcomes a wider range of participants who will help improve navigation for millions of people living in areas where full map data is missing.
TechCrunch, one of the largest open source mapping initiatives with more than 10 million participants, writes that this project is reminiscent of OpenStreetMap (OSM). However, Road Mapper is a Google-centric platform, while OSM is open to everyone.
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