Crowdsourcing has become a trend that people share ideas or information to benefit others and in exchange for whether love, glory, love, or more information. What happens when it comes to mapping system?
About five days ago, Apple launched Apple Maps Connect, a tool designed for business owners to both verify and submit new information about their locations, like a phone call and PIN code to the business’ phone number. In addition, companies can add links to their social network, as Facebook, Twitter……..
“No iPhone user wanted to kill Google Maps”
Apple Map came out two years ago, and has led to many complaints for its inaccuracy. Mostly for lacking a significant amount of detail and omit public transit directions. Problems occurs especially outside the U.S., even several major landmarks are labeled inaccurately or even worse, misplaced. As a result, iPhone or iPad users still turn to Google Map for searching and planning routes.
“Catching up on Google”
This is not the first example for Map Application using crowdsourcing. Last year Google acquired Waze, a system which its mapping and traffic information are built by 70,000 volunteer map editors and 15 million active users, and later that year Google added a crowdsourcing element to Google Maps which allows users to upload panorama street view. The company did so to keep its leading place in both website and mobile mapping.
“Owning context is what matters”
For mapping system, accuracy is already a basic requirement. (Google still outperform its competitors for this) People expect more from it, such as knowing the real time condition, sharing your location with friends mutually. I think maybe for Apple it could take advantage of it, like the usage of FaceTime, maybe they could create a social map guide in the future.
Do you think this will work on raising the number of people using Apple Maps? I have a Pad, but still uses Google Map? Maybe you can share why or why not you will use it.
– Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better
-Google buys traffic mapping service Waze
-Google Maps vs. Apple Maps