Frequently asked questions about contributing on the Hivemapper Network

What do I need to contribute?

There are two ways to contribute, and here is what you will need for each one.
1) Contributed from a dashcam requires
2) Contributing from a drone requires

Do I need to apply in order to contribute?

No. Hivemapper is permissionless. Anybody can map, and you do not need to apply or seek permission to do so. As long as you follow the Hivemapper Network criteria for mapping, you will earn rewards for generating map coverage.

Is the content I contribute anonymous?

The network is designed to be anonymous, here is what the means:
  • We generate a three word anonymous user names so you contribute anonymously. Nobody knows who provided map coverage for a given location other than it was done by an anonymous username we generated e.g. "Keen Navy Glider"
If you share your Hivemapper username on your personal social media accounts it will compromise your anonymity.
  • When contributing on the Hivemapper Network one never needs to share personal information such as passwords, phone number, credit card number, or home address
  • Contributed content is incredibly hard to track back to you as you are anonymous on the Hivemapper Network
  • Faces and license plates will be masked in the map, so even if you accidentally were mapped your face and license plate would be blurred. If the network failed to adequately blur a face or name please contact us at [email protected]

Can I contribute with any dashcam or drone?

You will need an approved dashcam or drone to contribute on the Hivemapper Network

Do I need to fly my drone in a specific pattern?

Yes. Studio generates automated drone flight paths for the set of tiles you want to map. These automated flight paths are helpful in a few important ways:
  • Simplifies collection for you, so you don't need to create flight paths or manually fly.
  • Automates the flights so you don't need to be an expert drone operator.
  • Ensures imagery is collected properly, so you don't need to become a camera or mapping expert.

Can I fly in restricted airspace?

Every country has different rules and regulations regarding drone flights. Prior to flying you should review local regulations to ensure you are in compliance. Refer to Airmap for restricted airspace and other compliance matters.

Can I drive anywhere, or do I need to drive specific roads?

  • You can drive and map anywhere. You will only earn rewards in markets that are open.
  • The best thing to do is just drive and check the Coverage Map for areas that are open.

Can I map at night?

Dashcam: mapping can only be done during daylight hours. See contribution criteria here.
Drone: mapping can only be done during daylight hours. See contribution criteria here.
Smartphone: mapping can be done at night or day. See complete rewards criteria here.

Can I re-map a tile after it's been mapped?

  • Ground tiles can be re-mapped every 7 days.
  • Airborne tiles can be re-mapped every 30 days.
See further details in Tile Availability.

What if I map a tile that has already been mapped?

When you map a tile that has already been mapped there are no rewards for that uploaded content.

What if I map a tile that another contributor is also trying to map?

Whoever uploads their content first will have the first opportunity to earn a reward for the tile.
For example, Michelle and Chris both collected dashcam video for a tile.
  • Michelle uploads the video before Chris does so her video has the first opportunity to earn the reward for the tile.
  • If Michelle's video is successfully transformed into a map by the Hivemapper Network, she will earn the reward for the tile.
  • If Michelle's video fails to transform into a map, then Chris's video will be processed and if successful in transforming into a map he will earn rewards for those tiles.

Do I need a special license to collect and contribute?

In certain countries you may be required to register your drone and/or complete a certification process. Please carefully review local requirements to ensure compliance.
At the risk of stating the obvious, to drive a vehicle you need a valid driver's license.

How many hours can I drive before my SD card fills up?

With the dashcam settings required to map, here is how long you can drive before the SD card fills up.
SD Card Size
Drive time (hrs)
32 GB
2.5 hours
54 GB
5 hours
128 GB
10 hours
256 GB
20 hours
The Blackvue dashcam will overwrite previously recorded video so be sure to upload every few days.

Who owns the content?

There are two types of content:
  1. 1.
    Original content - this is the imagery, video, associated metadata including GPS traces you collected and uploaded.
  2. 2.
    Derived content - the network's mapping engine uses the original content (1) to produce the map content, map coverage visualization, and map explorer network stats.
As a contributor, you own the original content and you can use this content as you wish. Hivemapper Inc. has an irrevocable and exclusive global license to the derived map content. Additional details are provided in the terms of service.

Can I delete the content I uploaded?

The network's mapping engine will automatically delete the original video and imagery after processing it into a map. One cannot delete derived map data from the network.

What GPS data does the Hivemapper Network collect?

On top of the imagery and video that contributors collect, there are two sources of GPS data (also referred to as location telemetry) contributors collect in the Hivemapper Network:
  1. 1.
    The dashcam video you collect embeds location telemetry inside the video. The network's mapping engine extracts that information during processing.
  2. 2.
    The Hivemapper Contributor App for iOS and Android uses the device's location services. Smartphone location services are superior to the dashcam's location telemetry as it uses more than GPS satellites to determine your location, which is especially useful in urban areas.

Why does the network collect location telemetry?

The network uses location telemetry to:
  • Improve coverage of the map. For example, location telemetry helps the network determine if there is a new road, new alleyway, new traffic patterns, and more.
  • Improve location accuracy of the dashcam video, and thereby the ground-based maps.

Do I earn rewards for mapping a partial tile?

No. The network requires that a reward can only be attributed to a tile that is completely and successfully mapped. The airborne and ground tiles are designed to be small, to ensure that that this does not happen frequently.

Why do we use hexagon-shaped tiles?

You may have noticed that ground and airborne tiles are hexagon shapes, and based on the H3 indexing system that Uber designed. For starters, the hexagon shapes fit nicely with our overall brand (honeycomb) but there's also a functional reason the network uses hexagon-shaped tiles:
  • Easy to use and interact with the hexagon shapes when building flight paths in Studio.
  • Lots of efficient algorithms for finding nearest neighbor and so forth.
  • Well-supported docs and developer community.
  • They look nicer - looks do count.
These tiles are for contributors, while the Map APIs we provide customers use a simple square shape.

How much can I earn from the rewards?

It varies on the contribution mode:
  • Rewards for contributing with a dashcam
  • Rewards for contributing with a drone

How do I get paid?

  1. 1.
    Connect your Hivemapper account to your PayPal account under user settings
  2. 2.
    Every 7 days we’ll pay out any balance that’s over $40 directly into your PayPal account
Your payment will be delayed if we cannot make payment to your PayPal account due to:
  • PayPal regulations and limitations
  • Any settings you have on your account preventing receipt of payment
  • Any errors related to you providing us incorrect information.
It is your responsibility to understand the regulations and limitations of PayPal transactions. Contact support at [email protected] if you have any questions or issues.

How does the Hivemapper Network protect the privacy of contributors?

This is a critically important topic as many of the team members building the Hivemapper Network have themselves contributed to maps, and so we understand the sensitivity of this location data.
  • Anonymous account - the network assigns you a three-letter username.
  • Location data is not attached to a username - there is no way to see that user "Sour Rust Monk" contributed at a precise location.
  • Original content is discarded. If a contributor accidentally recorded something they did not intend to the original data is deleted.
  • We will mask faces and license plates from the data.
  • Unlike other systems that collect your data without you knowing about it (and never reward you for it) - that is never the case with the Hivemapper Network. The Hivemapper Network is entirely transparent about what data contributors are collecting.
This is only the beginning. We are actively working on going further to protect the privacy of contributors as this is core to our mission.

Are there other ways to contribute without collecting data?

Today, the focus is growing the network of contributors collecting data for the map and scaling that across the world.
The second phase of the network will expand and enable contributors to:
  • Label the map - similar to many map labeling projects contributors will be able to earn rewards for labeling objects on the map.
  • Computing and hosting the map - to ensure redundancy and reliability of producing and hosting the map, technically oriented contributors will be able to earn rewards for computing and hosting the map.
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