OpenStreetMap US

One of the challenges of mapping in OSM is getting up to date imagery to help guide editing. Advances in computer vision and geomatics make it possible to turn commodity video and photos into high accuracy georectified point clouds and meshes. Leveraging these user generated point clouds a 2D GeoTIFF tile set can be generated for OSM editing in iD or JOSM. This allows anyone with a 360 action cam like a GoPro or Insta360 to create their own aerial perspective basemap for OSM editing. The goal is to create a virtuous cycle that creates new open 3D maps and also improves existing 2D maps in OSM.