OpenStreetMap

Scout update: new data and signpost tagging

Posted by mvexel on 22 July 2014 in English (English)

Let me update you on some of the goings on at Telenav related to OSM.

Scout OSM data update

First off, we released new OSM data for the US Scout app on July 15th. The OSM data is from July 3rd. No app update is required; just launch Scout and it will automatically use the latest data. We are currently updating the OSM data that drives Scout about every other week.

If you haven’t tried Scout yet, you can download the latest version for Android here, for iOS here.

Note that the Scout International app (formerly the Skobbler GPS Navigation app) has its own data update regimen that is independent from the US version of Scout.

Signpost tagging

We continue to improve OSM data for the United States as well. We are focusing on signpost information right now (the information that you see on the freeway exit signs).

signpost

Image from AARoads

We are adopting the well-established destination= convention instead of the US-specific, limited and poorly documented exit_to convention. We are using AARoads as our primary source, for which they kindly gave permission. We are starting in Texas. Let me know if you have any questions about the editing work we are doing!

recent changeset

screenshot from the awesome achavi diff viewer

If you are interested in the background of exit_to versus destination, please see my previous diary entry about this topic.

Alright, that’s it for now. I will write up updates like this one more often going forward!

Comment from highbuilder on 1 August 2014 at 07:16

Oh, nice to hear! I hope this will soon get also to the international App!

Comment from Skybunny on 15 July 2015 at 02:33

Updated http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:exit_to#Coverage_in_the_United_States with current numbers, since this hadn’t been done in 13 months.

destination=* on ways has now nearly exceeded the number of exit_to=* instances on nodes.

That said, the number of exit_to nodes has not increased in a statistically meaningful way since June 2014.

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