GPS-based and map apps are almost a must in any smartphone, tablet or laptop these days, since like this we can know where we are and find places and destinations at a tap of a screen away.
Nonetheless, in some cases the use of more open platforms respecting map service are required, because of the freedom such services can provide in the update of current information and road state. OpenStreetMap is a platform of this sort.
In details, OpenStreetMap is a free-use map platform that shows a detailed atlas of the world, with open license and source that allows users to add valuable information on the go, creating a community of people that help each other through the platform, everything at real time and for free.
Advantages of OpenStreetMap
By accessing www.openstreetmap.org the user will be able to perform different actions and find any place on earth of their interest, especially if they want to visit such destination. At the top left corner there is a search bar where names of streets, cities, roads and countries can be entered easily and then be found and shown on the map using a proper search engine.
When the information is entered and the place is shown on the map, to the left a panel will appear showing the member history that have added new data to such destination, such as traffic conditions, border conditions, weather and more. In this way, it is possible for users to be aware of any ordinary or extraordinary event on the road.
In the same way, to the right of the screen there is a tool panel where is possible to add layers, zoom in or out, show map legend and share any current location or searched location, among other functions available like adding notes to the map and alert the community about situations on the road.