Hivemapper is a new way of building maps of the world.
The project is called Hivemapper because it’s like a beehive. A beehive makes honey by having thousands of bees fly around and collect nectar from flowers. By working together, all the bees in the community get to enjoy some delicious honey.
Hivemapper makes maps of the world by having thousands of people work together. These people help in a few different ways. Some people use dashcams to take pictures of the world while they drive. Some people look at those pictures and do work to teach computers what humans know about the world. This is called being an AI Trainer.
By working together, all of the people in the community get to share the fruit of their work: a fresh and detailed map of the world. Anyone can see the map on a website called Hivemapper Explorer. There are special tools called APIs that help people use Hivemapper's map to build other products and services.
When people do things to help make the map better, they get a token called HONEY. A token is something that you can trade for other things that you want. HONEY tokens are good to have because you can trade them for Hivemapper’s useful map data.
Hivemapper's tokens are digital. They were made on a blockchain. To understand how a blockchain works, imagine a book on the internet that anyone can read. But people can do more than read the book. They can also write a page in the book. And whenever anyone writes a page, everyone else can read it. A blockchain works the same way for token trades. Hivemapper uses a blockchain called Solana that can handle transactions quickly and cheaply, which is important for a busy beehive.