CrowdAtlas: Self-Updating Maps for Cloud and Personal Use
The inaccuracy of manually created digital road maps is a persistent problem, despite their high economic value. The authors present CrowdAtlas, which automates map update based on people's travels, either individually or crowdsourced. Its mobile navigation app detects significant portions of GPS traces that do not conform to the existing map, as determined by state-of-the-art Viterbi map matching. When there is sufficient evidence collected, map inference algorithms can automatically update the map. The CrowdAtlas server aggregates exceptional traces from users with the navigation app as well as from other, large-scale data sources. From these it automatically generates high quality map updates, which can be propagated to its navigation app and other interested applications.