Mapfit – a New York-based startup is quietly disrupting the map making industry. For the past two years, the company has been developing the platform that can automatically analyze and make sense of hundreds of IoT data sources and seamlessly generate map updates. None of the big mapping companies: Google, Apple, TomTom and HERE, with all their resources, was able to achieve that.
With the recently released API, Mapfit now offers what is likely the most accurate and up-to-date geocoding service in the US, covering the entire country with each and every address point. All generated with the stuff of 15, compared to thousands of employees of the competitors.
How is it possible?
Mapfit achieved that by changing the paradigm of traditional map making that in its nature haven’t really changed for decades and is still based on manual human verification. The Mapfit’s map generation process begins with ingesting the platform with as many data sources as possible: commercial data sets, validated open data, manually curated data, IoT sensor data and live vehicle-mounted video streams. Mapfit platform analyzes, categorizes and normalizes all of the data. A review protocol automatically validates and integrates it, and the platform runs the ontology-based context modeling algorithms, that interpret the data and their spatial-contextual relationships. The platform is able to accurately correct hundreds of millions of map data points every minute in the cloud.
New level of accuracy
The process is nearly fully automated and requires a fraction the size of competitor teams. Additionally, when the engine analyzes street-level imagery, it contextually connects detected address points with the actual buildings and their physical entrances. With such an approach Mapfit says it is able to identify the physical entrances for 95% of addresses assigned to building structures in the US, allowing for geocoding within a few meters of physical doorways. It changes the name of the game for many use cases such as delivery services, where address points accuracy in some regions has been a major problem.
Mapfit offers to developers API, SDKs for Android and iOS and a very fast vector map tile server as well as WordPress plugin on the top. Everything in 1/2 of the cost of Google Maps before their recent price increase.
Mapfit is one of the startups that you have most likely never heard about, however, I’m certain that you will. These guys created an amazing piece of technology that disrupts the entire industry. Making automated map updates based on camera feeds is a Holy Grail of the mapping industry. It is a dream of every major carmaker and ridesharing company. It is also something that Google wants to implement really badly.