New competitors to Apple Maps and Google Maps could change the way we navigate the world

Last year, Amazon Web Services, Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom came together to create the Overture Maps Foundation (OMF) in an effort to create and provide open source data for third-party mapping software. Their efforts paid off, and after eight months of work, the organization released its first open dataset.

With this launch, it could give third-party developers the opportunity to create navigation apps that can compete with Apple Maps and Google Maps. OMF states in its announcement that the data set contains a lot of information divided across four different “layers.” These categories include “data on more than 59 million places,” the world’s roads, as well as “administrative boundaries” such as regional names for particular locations.

If you look at the map published on the official website, the OMF version covers most of the planet. However, it excludes areas as far away as northern Canada.

(Image credit: Introduction Maps Foundation)

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