Late last week, we released new versions of the OpenStreetCam apps and the web site. While we continue to make the platform faster and more reliable, we also like to keep adding interesting and fun features from time to time! This new release introduces points and levels. Every time you drive, you earn points. Earn enough points and you level up.
We went back in and calculated points for all your existing trips, so why not head to the newly designed leaderboard and see how you stack up against your fellow cammers? You can also see the leaderboard in the app:
We also enabled leaderboards by country on top of the daily, weekly and monthly rankings.
Your profile screen in the app and on the site will show you exactly how many points you have, how many you earned per trip, and what your current level is.
More points for unexplored roads
So as you are driving around, you will automatically earn points for every picture recorded. But not all pictures earn you equal points! The less explored a road is, the more points you get — up to 10x the points for roads that have no coverage at all yet!
(This made it possible for me to gain 11k points on a 50 minute drive last week: most of the roads had no coverage yet, so I was getting 10x points for most of the way. )
You can see which roads are less covered, or not covered at all yet, in the app. Just look for the roads with lighter or no purple OSC overlay:
We calculate the quality of coverage by the number of trips that cover the way as well as the age of the existing trips. This way we encourage each other to always have the most recent imagery available for OpenStreetMap.
We hope you enjoy the new features! Please let us know what you think by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.