Frequently asked questions about contributing on the Hivemapper Network

What do I need to contribute?

Contributing from a dashcam requires:
  • Hivemapper account (free)
  • Approved dashcam, pre-order today
  • A vehicle to mount your dashcam
  • Hivemapper mobile app for iOS or Android (free)
  • A mobile device that can connect to a WiFi network

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 HONEY rewards for generating map coverage.

Is the content I contribute anonymous?

The network is designed to be anonymous, here is what that 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 are 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 drive anywhere, or do I need to drive specific roads?

You will be able to drive and map anywhere where there are roads or trails.

Can I map at night?

Dashcam: mapping can only be done during daylight hours.

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

Yes. See how the Freshness Multiplier works.

Do I need a special license to collect and contribute?

At the risk of stating the obvious, to drive a vehicle you need a valid driver's license.

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.

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 map 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 map 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:
  • 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 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.
  • We 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.

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.

Minimum Specifications for Hivemapper App

Below are the minimum phone requirements for the Hivemapper App. While the Hivemapper App might still run on lower specification phones, we recommend the following minimum requirements for the best mapping experience.

iOS Minimum Specifications*

Device Model
iPhone 8
iPhone X
iOS 13.5.1
iOS 14.6+
4GB Available
8GB+ Available

Android Minimum Specifications*

Device Model
Device Released in 2018
Device Released in 2020
Android 8 (Oreo)
Android 10
4GB Available
8GB+ Available
*These specifications are meant as guidelines only and are subject to change without notice