OSM Sampling out of date?
Why is the game using an OpenStreetMap sample from late 2017? I'm seeing roads and entire neighborhoods completely blanked out in the game because such an old dataset from OSM is being used. Is there a timeline for this to be refreshed? I noticed that PoGo is using a more updated back-end (updated grass, water, etc classification of the map) but the same outdated visual as well.
The entire map renderer in general needs a complete overhaul on all three games, not just Ingress. For example: highway=service tagged ways are the same width as normal residential and arterial/motorway roads, where they should be a smaller width but slightly wider than highway=footway tagged ways. Waterways that are not an area polygon but a line do not appear either in any niantic game regardless of year added into OSM. When the overhaul does happen, the data used should be AT LEAST June 2020 snapshot of OSM data for better map accuracy. Since late 2016 I've added over 118k buildings, fixed some 3600km worth of roads, 1300 new POI added on OSM (most of them are tree, benches and lamps on my college campus) and 3350km worth of creeks, rivers, and streams added, all of which are mostly in Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Out of my 118k buildings, only ~1k to 2k of my buildings appear in game. Below is my OSM stats as shown on the humanitarian openstreetmap tasking manager profile page.
I've updated OSM a lot, but stopped after realizing that NIA gave up on updating their side. I hope this changes soon.
@NianticCasey please pass this along. This is a problem across all of Niantic's games.
Thanks. I don't know who to ping to get this sent up the chain, so any help is greatly appreciated. I've been barking up this tree for over two years now and never heard a peep.
No response from NIA yet?
Guess I'll wait another year before asking again.
Guess I got my answer, then.
It won't be updated for the foreseeable future, nor will NIA put an official response in on the issue :(
save money so no update
Breaking news the in game map just refreshed and it has a lot of my buildings I've mapped since the initial visual map pull in dec 2017. Reddit is all going crazy over it too, so looks like our wishes became true!
Problem is, that the RWP marks service lanes as roads.
This is dangerous, and creates clutter on the game map
Nice to see the map data updated
It is so satisfying to see the fruits of labour come into fruition on the in-game map. Based on observations and other comments, it seems to have pulled March 2020 OSM data.
Hoping that these updates would become much more regular rather than every couple of years or so.