Making "Satellite Images" for OpenStreetMap

By | November 20, 2013
OK, not quite satellite, but close… areal drone-recorded images provide a damn high resolution, and allow you to help map out your neighbourhood!

There are, of course, some question on whether or not this is legal in certain countries in this world… but for the rest of the world, this level of imagery could be a useful contribution and a nice service to have indeed!

/via +Alexander Kruel 

Drone Imagery for OpenStreetMap
Last weekend we captured 100 acres of aerial imagery at 4cm resolution. It took less than an hour to fly, and it was easy to publish the imagery on the…

2 thoughts on “Making "Satellite Images" for OpenStreetMap

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    +Ninja On Rye Of course it's a trade-off. The question is, where do you draw the line?  Whose infrastructure should maintain such databases, and for whose benefit? If we are looking at a potential mash of private users operating their drones to create multi-daily updates, I'd favor the opinion would make sense for those updates to be available available for the general public (via initiatives like OSM), as far as permissible in involved jurisdictions. But I'm not the only one on Earth, and perhaps a bit too philantropic at times.

  2. Ninja On Rye

    Well, depends what you mean by "not quite satellite" – they're talking 4 cm resolution.

    For more populated areas, with increasing drone usage and decreasing costs, there's no reason why there shouldn't be multi-daily updates to maps.
    And then once you add in autonomous cars for the street-level ….

    But it's all a trade-off, right? There's so much a sky of drones and autonomous vehicles could offer … but the downside is loss of privacy.  The benefits of continuously looking at an updated world are matched against the detraction of … having the world continuously looked at.

    I suspect there'll be a bit of to-ing and fro-ing.  Slight rise, then a back-off, then a rise …

    Of course, the world is not one entity.  Some regions will embrace this, others will fortify against it, and others will watch to see how the pros weigh against the cons in other regions.


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