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[-] [email protected] 21 points 2 weeks ago

And download faster as vectors take up less data space than raster bits

[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 weeks ago

Probably, but that kind of depends on level of detail and how the raster data was encoded. I'm guessing initial download may actually be comparable or a bit slower since they'd probably send most of the data for your requested area, but interactivity will be a lot better (no need to download higher res chunks as you zoom).

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

Now will it even work on the 10+ year old GPS I have?

[-] [email protected] 18 points 2 weeks ago

The significance of this is that it should make seeing updates to OSM data a lot quicker, and I'd assume making the "look" a better too.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 weeks ago

I'm very happy to see OSM moving in the vector tiles direction. I was glad to contribute.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago

I am so giddy for when OpenStreetMaps becomes a viable GPS use case. Right now I'm using Waze, making it my last Google product on my phone.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 weeks ago

In which way is it not viable yet? I guess it depends a lot on what app you use but I’ve been happy with OsmAnd and Organic Maps.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

I think the issue with Organic Maps is the lack of real-time traffic data (unless that's changed).

That said, Organic Maps routing seems good enough without it. I occasionally compare routes from Apple Maps, Google Maps, my car's nav, and Organic Maps. Organic Maps hasn't given a route that I'd say is unreasonable.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 weeks ago

Ah, for realtime traffic, check out Magic Earth.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 weeks ago

Something about Magic Earth unsettles me. It appears highly polished, but free. It's not clear how they're making enough money to stay afloat.

Also, crowd-sourced realtime traffic is only as good as the crowd it's sourcing from. I'm speculating, but I somehow doubt there's a big enough crowd using Magic Earth where I am.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 weeks ago

I think I once read they sell it (including the real time traffic data) for use in car infotainment systems and other specialized hardware that needs GPS navigation.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago

Looking through the list of data collected, most of it is anonymized. For now.

What concerns me is that their privacy policy only says they'll publish variations to it on their website - no mention of proactive notification to users.

For me, that'd be a hard pass, but others might not share my concerns. It definitely looks like a nice, polished alternative to the big G.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

It’s not clear how they’re making enough money to stay afloat.

Yes it is. It is basically marketing for their embedded products which they sell as whitelabel apps for makers of cars, satnavs and other GIS applications.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago

This will be a great change. I wonder how expensive it will be to pull off

[-] [email protected] 9 points 2 weeks ago

This is great! I was actually wondering why they weren't doing this already.

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