One of the biggest developments in online mapping over the past few years has been crowd sourcing. Foremost amongst this trend is Openstreetmap – a map created entirely by volunteers. The level of detail found in many parts of the world surpasses traditional online maps. Indeed sometimes that creates a problem of information overload – it’s simply not possible to display every feature on OSM at once.
Step forward ITO World. The company has released a new (beta) service called ITO Map which includes set of 22 new overlay maps which allow you to switch between a bunch of different layers, and clearly see these extra details.
These include speed limits on roads:
water bodies; rivers, streams, canals, lakes and reservoirs:
Barriers, fences and hedges:
Other layers include: numbers of lanes on highways, electricity networks, car parks and bus-ways. Obviously the availability of these features in different locations varies, but volunteers are constantly adding new information and ITO World say they will update the map daily.
(Map images are CC-By-SA OpenStreetMap and contributors)