OpenStreetMaps - Its Effect Moving Forward
OpenStreetMaps is a six year old effort to map the streets around the world as an open source database that allows developers to utilize the maps and citizen mappers add to the accuracy of the map set.
That openness and eventually the accuracy may hurt TeleAtlas and NAVTEQ sales if the maps become accurate enough to support some current business applications. However, while the crowd is busy sourcing maps, NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas are busy not only mapping, but measuring lanes, speed limits, and a lot of advanced features of the roads that are becoming the true value in map sets and valuable features of end-user products.
Could OpenStreetMaps replace paid maps from the two biggie suppliers? Is Google going to become a third player in the global map supplier race?
The Wall St Journal takes a look at the powerful business implications that come with "Good Enough" supplanting "Top Notch" and how OpenStreeMaps may change the current mapping business.
At WSJ - OpenStreetmap as an Alternative to Commercial Vendors
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Posted by Scott Martin at December 8, 2010 8:48 PM