Facebook Extended Its Map With AI Tool Suite to OpenStreetMap

The social network is using artificial intelligence to predict road networks

Facebook has been using artificial intelligence to predict road networks and create maps via commercially available high-resolution satellite imagery, and the social network is making its model available more widely.

The company said in a blog post that its Map With AI set of specialized map editing services and tools—including RapiD, which enables mapping experts to review, verify and adjust maps created via its findings—is now available to community-based effort OpenStreetMap.

Research scientist Saikat Basu; software engineers Derrick Bonafilia, James Gill and David Yang; and engineering manager Danil Kirsanov said in the blog post that Facebook AI researchers and engineers were able to add over 300,000 miles of missing roads in Thailand and more than 90% of missing roads in Indonesia to OSM, completing the project in 18 months.

They described OSM as the largest free and open map data source in the world, saying that thousands of volunteers catalog missing roads, buildings...



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