Dear OSM Community,
At Amazon, we have observed that ~94% of gates mapped in OSM do not have access information updated (based on study in Florida). This poor coverage of gates lead to routing issues such as allowing general public to restricted areas; specially to gated communities (find the below example for reference). We plan to take up the task of updating the access information for gates in the US. OSM link: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/27.3912/-82.4276
In the above example highlighted polygon contains a gated community with 3 gates situated at three different places. Red points indicate restricted access (residents only) and green point indicates access allowed for general public/ deliveries along with the local residents.
How will we get the access information about gates and add it to OSM?
Whenever our delivery partners route through publicly non-accessible gates/ gated communities, they will collect the access information for those gates and share it with mapping team. Our mapping team will only add access information to gates if both - drivers feedback and OSM data sources match same information. If there is no supportive data, our editing team will drop a note for local community to add appropriate access information using local knowledge. How to add access information to gates in OSM? In our research, we observed most of the access information added to gates are using the “key: access”. Though there is not much coverage of access information to explore for gates, the different gate access scenarios we identified that can be added are:
|Gates with permanent closure using boards of “do-not-enter”
|Gates with which general public or deliveries are not allowed through
|Gates open to general traffic until the time owner revokes the permission
|Gates from which only ‘deliveries’ are allowed
|A legal right of way exists but usage is officially discouraged. Will only add this information if a traffic sign exists
Please do let us know if there are alternative ways of adding access information to OSM dataset. If you are aligned to our approach, we would like to initiate adding ‘gate access’ in Florida followed by other parts of the US.