Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?
What is Google Maps? Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery. Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.
What is OpenStreetMap? The free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
Google Maps and OpenStreetMap can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.
Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:
- Maps Image APIs
- Places API
- Web Services
On the other hand, OpenStreetMap provides the following key features:
- Local Knowledge
- Community Driven
- Open Data
"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Maps over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenStreetMap.
Google, Lyft, and Square are some of the popular companies that use Google Maps, whereas OpenStreetMap is used by Apple, Foursquare, and MapLarge. Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1975 company stacks & 1093 developers stacks; compared to OpenStreetMap, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.
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A huge component of our product relies on gathering public data about locations of interest. Google Places API gives us that ability in the most efficient way. Since we are primarily going to be using as google data as a source of information for our MVP, we might as well start integrating the Google Places API in our system. We have worked with Google Maps in the past and we might take some inspiration from our previous projects onto this one.
Its used for restaurant Geo location and find the nearest restaurant listing.
Find the customer location and delivery agent location tracking.
Calculate the distance between restaurant and customer location.
We need to integrate maps in mobile Apps and Web frontend to show where an event is taking place. Maps is best because of it's international availability and the google api with a feature to recursive search.
Location, location, location. Choropleths are hot for a reason. When dealing with geography and housing why stop at bar charts, the map really makes my data quickly comprehensible to humans.
used the google maps api on several projects. been an avid user for quite a while. used it all around the world to navigate through public transport and through cities.
1) it's very easy to use. 2) shows satellite image, Google earth and many other features like traffic, terrain, etc. 3) Is very useful for driving etc.