Mapillary raises $8M to take on Google’s Street View with crowsourced photos


A startup out of Sweden called Mapillary is using crowdsourced photos to create an open sourced and more intelligent version of Google’s Street View, and today it announced a Series A round of funding from an impressive list of backers to help make that ambition a reality.

The $8 million from Atomico, Sequoia, LDV Capital, and PlayFair will be used to expand operations outside of its home base of Malmo, including a new office in San Francisco, and also to hire more staff, specifically computer vision engineers to supercharge the kind of data that can been gleaned from Mapillary’s image library.

“The vision of Mapillary is to map the world with photos,” founder Jan Erik Solem told me in an interview earlier, “but behind that, the ambition is to interpret as much…

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