BURLINGAME, Calif.-Hivemapper, the company building an intelligent, global decentralized mapping network, today announced its Hivemapper Studio will now provide financial incentive to drone operators to get paid for flights that capture aerial 3D imagery. The mapmaker, which operates in 80+ countries, also announced the upcoming expansion of its collection model, which currently focuses on aerial images, to include capturing ground-level data via automobiles. Hivemapper will offer an OpenDashCam in the first half of 2021 so fleet and everyday drivers can passively collect data while driving and earn pocket cash.
“Currently, maps are expensive to produce and updates are infrequent. We believe there is enormous potential in mobilizing people to be a part of creating and continually updating a more dynamic, accurate global map,” said Ariel Seidman, founder and CEO of Hivemapper. “It’s as simple as mapping the world while you move about it – whether that is in your car on your morning commute or while you’re flying your drone. A crowdsourced map breaks us free from Big Tech control and the traditional way of mapping, to better serve and benefit everyone, particularly digitally-enabled companies that need accurate data to safely, sustainably and efficiently run their business.”
Increase Your Drone’s Earning Potential with Hivemapper Studio
Hivemapper Studio beta launched earlier this year and today the company is making the technology available to the general public at: https://studio.hivemapper.com. It is a one-stop-shop to plan, track and get paid for collecting maps for Hivemapper’s network of customers that rely on monitoring and change detection for navigation across the defense, supply chain and logistics, transportation, urban planning, utilities and insurance industries.
With Hivemapper, businesses get more accurate data at lower costs. Defense and surveillance operators improve safety by visualizing the terrain and better identifying structures and other obstructions in conflict zones. Urbanization, climate change, autonomous transportation, and now pandemics are driving 15% of the global road network to change annually. Access to current details about ever-changing road clearance and pick-up and drop-off points enables supply chain efficiencies: routes can be streamlined for efficiency and sustainability. Infrastructure planning and operating can be protected and maintained with minimal downtime, 3D imagery of assets assists with safety protocols. The impact of natural disasters can be assessed and response plans are better informed.
Put Your Ride to Work with Upcoming Hivemapper OpenDashCam
Hivemapper will seamlessly combine ground data with aerial video with the introduction of OpenDashCam, which will be generally available in the first half of 2021.
Video collected at ground-level will enhance the richness of the data as it automatically classifies buildings, cars, terrain as well as determines slope and vertical clearance of roadways.
OpenDashCam will run in the background during drives, automatically transferring map videos and GPS data to Hivemapper, with precautions in place to protect public privacy. You can get on the Open Dashcam waitlist now.
Hivemapper was founded in 2015, by team members and advisors from Yahoo!, Intel, Google Earth, Palantir, and Mapbox. It is backed by venture investors including Spark Capital, GV, Founder Collective, and Harrison Metal.
Hivemapper is a decentralized mapping network that enables monitoring and autonomous navigation without the need for expensive sensors, aircraft, or satellites. Anyone with a video camera can quickly and easily build a smarter and fresher map. The map you build can live and grow alongside the maps of thousands of mapmakers, or keep your map private just for your team. You build it. You control it. For more information, go to: www.hivemapper.com