Mapbox, the map design competing with Google Maps and Here to run localization services on apps like Snapchat and Foursquare, says that a version of his New York map calling the city "Jetropolis" is an act of human vandalism This has now been removed in the hundreds of apps that retrieve Mapbox data and used by over 400 million people.
"This is now 100 percent fixed and should never have happened, it's disgusting," said Mapbox CEO and founder Eric Gundersen to TechCrunch. He says Mapbox has built a large system that uses both AI and human controls to look for vandalism. "We are constantly scanning for it, and it is a mistake on our part [to have missed it]."
Gundersen said that the company is still trying to figure out what's happening here (we) (19659002) The company uses more than 130 data sources to create its maps, and every time its maps are in apps used around the world (more than 400 million people every year) kind of third-party apps). While this is an interesting and in many ways very clever approach to creating a smaller business that is miles and miles away from Google. However, this mistake highlights one of the pitfalls on which one can rely on other people's data.
Some speculate that the vandalized card may come from a broken version of OpenStreetMap, the open source mapping project that is one of the data sources used by Mapbox. The reason: similarly unrecognizable data was discovered a few weeks ago on OSM. But Gundersen warned against drawing a line between the two.
"The reality is that OpenStreetMap is only part of what we use," he said. "Mapbox consists of about 130 different data sources." He also compared the record of Mapbox with Waze's. "With more than 400 million people using our maps, the more data they use, the more data is used."
Mapbox has recently released a new update system that allows maps to be updated faster and suspicious objects to be tagged. Gundersen said the company is currently "digging into it and see if there is a flag out there, they design that this never happens, and then it does."
Mapbox has raised over $ 227 million in grants, with the latest round was $ 164 million, led by the Softbank Vision Fund.