Linux Foundation Consortium announced on Thursday about the Overture Maps Foundation program, which aims to generate map data to improve the accuracy of map services around the world.

As noted on the website of the consortium, the founders of Overture are AWS, Meta (recognized as an extremist in the Russian Federation), Microsoft and navigation equipment manufacturer TomTom. The goal of the program is to increase the number of Overture contributors and developers to improve the accuracy of incoming map data.

Overture’s mission is to support existing and future mapping products by creating reliable, easy-to-use, and interoperable open mapping data.

The Linux Foundation emphasizes that such data underlies thousands of applications for search, navigation, logistics, and the use of unmanned vehicles. In the future, mapping services will be used to create solutions in the field of augmented reality and data visualization.

It is expected that the first data under the Overture Maps Foundation will be transferred in January-June 2023. At the moment, the lion’s share of online mapping services in the world belongs to Google, indicates tech crunch.

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