Latest maps publications

Microsoft selects TomTom and Here to extend location-based services

Microsoft has announced new partnerships with navigation giants TomTom and Here, in an effort to boost its location-based offerings across the Azure cloud platform. Integrating the two companies’ maps, traffic data and navigation software into Azure, Microsoft hopes to support developers looking to build and manage ‘location aware’ mobile, web and IoT applications. Speaking of… Read More

Google Maps fights over hosting Korean geographical data

Following its recent request to Korea’s National Geographic Information Institute (NGII), Google is continuing its fight over hosting the country’s map data outside of Korea. In June the U.S.-based search giant had officially made a request to Korea’s NGII, which proposed exporting the country’s 1:5,000 scale maps data outside of its national borders. Google currently leases… Read More

Apple maps patent promises 3D, reflections and rippling water

Apple has received a patent to develop animation technology used in its three-dimensional (3D) photorealistic maps. U.S. Patent No. 9,147,286, filed in March 2013 and granted today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, notes a new technology that animates specific map details such as water, trees and other objects in response to touch, movement and… Read More

Big data seeks to increase number of cyclists in cities

A team of British academics is developing an open access web-based tool, using big data and analytics models to support local authorities plan new cycling infrastructure. The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT), backed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, builds on various transport and geographical datasets… Read More

Google releases Street View data for national reserves in Kenya

Google has today released Street View data from their initiative to include Google Maps imagery from Kenya, including the Samburu National Reserve, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The project has been undertaken in partnership with Save The Elephants, whose Head of Field Operations David Daballen posts on the issue at… Read More