This summer, we launched OpenStreetView and received great responses both from the OpenStreetMap community and the press.
After only 4 months, you have already contributed almost 12 million images covering 322 thousand kilometers. We have released open source apps, upload, and OpenStreetMap editing tools, and are working on many improvements aimed at improving OSM faster than is possible now.
As part of our fast-growing public profile, we have also attracted the attention of Google Inc, which holds the ‘Street view’ trademark. They are really interested in OpenStreetView but also expressed concerns about the name creating confusion. Obviously to us, this confusion does not exist, but after considering the pros and cons carefully, we decided to change the name.
From now on, OpenStreetView will be known as OpenStreetCam.
Aside from the name, nothing changes. In fact, we will be launching some pretty cool new features and improvements very soon, so please stay tuned for that. If you have not tried OpenStreetCam yet, why not download the free and open apps for Android or iOS, explore the coverage or start editing with OSC in OpenStreetMap?