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Manifesto

At Mapillary we want to create a photo representation of the world, a map with photos of every place on Earth.

Current street view alternatives have so many limitations from the fact that they are created using cars with camera rigs, focusing on streets. There are many places on this planet that they will never get to, and even the places they do get to will not get updated as often as you might want them to. Together we can fix that.

In order to build this globally, we need your help! If your neighborhood or town is missing street view, go out and map it with Mapillary. If your business has no street view, take photos of it and the roads leading there with Mapillary. If you want to share your favorite hike or bike ride, map it with Mapillary. We are committed to making the most out of every single upload and creating the best possible experience with your contributions.

Take photos. Take lots of photos. There is no limit to the level of detail you can add or the places you can go. Don't take tens of photos, take hundreds or thousands at a time. The more the better. Our servers can handle it, your phone can handle it.

The time is right. We are now at a point in time where the tools and infrastructure to make this happen are widely available. Phones have great cameras, good GPS, and enough storage to hold thousands of high quality photos. Internet connectivity for uploading these photos is widespread. Large scale compute infrastructure is available and scalable to mind boggling levels.

Here are some good examples that show what a decent amount of photos can do, all crowdsourced from real people like you.

We believe that there is a need for an independent neutral provider of map photos, untied to any particular mapping platform, and we are committed to building a global service for everyone. Mapillary will always be free for individuals and non-commercial use.

Go out, make a difference using the phone you have in your pocket everyday.

With love,
Jan Erik, Johan, Yubin and Peter (a.k.a the original Mapillary team)

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