Contribute

Join thousands building a global map, and a new mapping economy

  • Walk, drive, or fly

    Contribute with a smartphone, dashcam, or drone as you walk, drive and fly. There are so many ways to contribute and help grow a new kind of global map.

    How to contribute
  • Earn rewards

    Earn rewards for contributing with a smartphone, dashcam, or drone. A great way to earn extra while building a new map.

    Learn about rewards for tiles
  • On your own schedule

    Contribute when you want, where you want using a smartphone, dashcam, or drone. Your choice.

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Be a part of the worldwide community of mappers creating a new mapping economy

Contributors across the globe are growing the global map where they live, work, or travel, and flipping the traditional approach of building a global map on it’s head. Ready to start mapping? Let's go build a new kind of global map together!

Collects with a Blackvue Dashcam S900

I drive all over town for my job, so making a bit of extra money mapping while I drive felt like a no-brainer. Yet, I never expected the sense of satisfaction I get seeing the maps created using footage I recorded!

Hivemapper contributor: Breezy Yellow Chopper

contributor since November 2020

Collects with an iPhone

Contributing to a map while I walk or drive with my iPhone was never something I thought was possible. I love how easy it, and I know exactly how my data is used.

Hivemapper contributor: Generous Orange Condor

contributor since April 2021

Collects with a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

Hivemapper makes mapping tiles feel like Pokemon for Pilots!

Hivemapper contributor: Jovial Teal Kiwi

contributor since July 2020

Collects with a DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

It’s interesting to see what the the islands here look like from above. I’ve flown over it in his airplane tons, but to see it that low and in that level of detail is amazing.

Hivemapper contributor: Excellent Golden Falcon

contributor since August 2020

Join our Discord to see what others are collecting. Get support and inspiration from our growing community.

How to contribute

Contribute to building a new kind of global map either using your smartphone, dashcam, or drone. Each piece of content collected via your smartphone, drone, or dashcam is tranformed and added to the global map. It's easy to get started and once you start it's rather addictive as you watch the map grow with each new contribution.

Contribute with a dashcam

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Use an approved dashcamEquipment

Purchase and install an approved dashcam. To successfully map you will need to mount in one of four supported configurations. Properly mounting the dashcam takes 30 minutes or so, but don’t worry we have plenty of guides to help you.

Become a part of the Open Dashcam project, a new kind of dashcam for map mining.

Front facing
Side facing

Forward facing, exterior

Right side facing, exterior

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Drive

The easy part is driving. The more you drive the better. Just be sure that the dashcam is recording while you drive.

Drive
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Upload the video

Upload the collected dashcam video and watch map coverage grow.

Upload the video

Ready to start mapping with a dashcam?

Our getting started tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know.

Contribute with a drone

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Use an approved droneEquipment

You will need to use one of the many approved drones like a DJI Mavic Pro and a mobile app for iOS and Android called Litchi.

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Generate automated flight path

Studio connects your drone to the map so you know the best places to map and to fly effectively and efficiently. Select the tiles you want to fly, and Studio generates an automated flight-path for the tiles you selected.

Generate automated flight path
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Fly

Connect your drone to the Litchi app and hit play for the automated flight-path generated by Studio. The drone will automatically collect all the imagery it needs using the automated flight-path.

Upload the imagery and you are done, sit back and watch map coverage grow.

Fly

Ready to start mapping with a drone?

Our getting started tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know.

Contribute with a smartphone

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Use an iPhone or AndroidEquipment

When contributing to the global map with your smartphone you will need either and iPhone or Android device with GPS location services.

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Install Hivemapper Contributor App

Install the app, and enable location services. That is it.

Install Hivemapper Contributor App
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Walk, bike, or drive

Just go about your normal day - walk, bike, or drive with your device. With each step and ride you'll be growing the global map.

Walk, bike, or drive

Ready to start mapping with a smartphone?

Our getting started tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know.

Start contributing