Facebook strikes again with a new project to help people find their destinations accurately

Facebook is nowadays one of the largest social media platforms over the internet. The core purpose of the team of Facebook is to bring ease in the life of its users by making its platform an open space for multiple opportunities.

Facebook's new project with AI service

Recently, Facebook released a statement about its new effort to create an OpenStreetMap project to not only benefit from mapping data but also making this platform an open-source navigational source for users. According to Facebook, an AI version of OpenStreetMap editing tool RapiD will be released along with this service

Google is one of the largest dominating platforms in terms of mapping data and along with that, Microsoft and Apple also provides a variety of search services and directions to various destinations as well.

The core purpose behind this new mapping service

Facebook’s core purpose of this service is not just to benefit from mapping data but also to work with an open source community to create this platform unique by mapping millions of miles that haven’t been mapped by others. With these maps, Facebook will be providing unique services by identifying unknown places for its users to bring more comfort in their lives.

Recent coverage by OpenStreetMap

Multiple volunteers have been locating missing roads, buildings and multiple unknown bridges on OpenStreetMap to help bring all the unknown places out for the public to check and visit. Facebook allowed to map Thailand’s missing roads in less than two years and it even discovered more than 90% of missing data in Indonesia as well. The RapiD is specifically designed for volunteers to add and edit any relevant road data.


In AI affiliated Map, it learns to spot multiple patterns in images via satellite imaging. The AI system is highly enabled to identify any new roads and display them on the map, later on, volunteers review and confirm the suggestions. The computer vision system of AI uses a special neural network to identify the probability of any road with colors to indicate confirmation about it.

Facebook AI team uses a special 34-layer neural network, any information about the data will be identified and confirmed by volunteers. Facebook uses a specific resolution of 24 inches per pixel and rejects maps lesser than 25 inches.

Bottom Line

Facebook can launch this new AI mapping service at a higher scale to help people identify roads left stranded by trees. This new service can be a huge turnout point for all users and can help identify a lot of missing data from other maps.

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