Mapbox Vision SDK helps developers build smart augmented reality navigation apps.
The new toolkit called Vision SDK adds artificial intelligence powered augmented reality navigation to its extended assortment of developer API’s and services.
The mapping platform Mapbox, whose clients include Foursquare, Evernote, Snapchat, Tinder, Instacart, and Mastercard, has an iOS library in their device for reading road scenes, roadside construction or how busy a certain intersection currently is before reaching it, all in real time.
“The future of location is building live maps in real-time from distributed sensor networks embedded in vehicles and mobile devices at scale,” said Eric Gundersen, CEO of Mapbox, in today’s announcement.
“Every vehicle and mobile device utilizing the Vision SDK creates a better map, and this same data is streamed back to Microsoft Azure for further processing. The Vision SDK not only runs in real-time to improve the driving experience in the vehicle, but also generates data for the back end to update the map based on changing conditions, powering larger solutions for smart cities or insurance companies.”
Today, the Vision SDK is supported for iOS and Android. Support for embedded Linux platforms will be added later this year. When running on a smartphone, no additional hardware is necessary other than a windshield or dash mount.
The Mapbox Vision SDK is powerful enough to understand today’s driving environment in real time, yet compact enough to run on billions of mobile devices.