The 'Optimap' App Supplies Users with Crowdsourced Topographical Data

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 16, 2015
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'Optimap' is a new app that supplies cyclists and hikers with crowdsourced topographical data. Although there are a number of navigational devices for drivers, there are few gadgets intended for non-car users. This mobile app gives cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts an easy way to map the ideal route.

Optimap is an electronic mapping system that relies on crowdsourced topographical data. The goal of Optimap is to bring the "standards of high quality outdoor paper maps like the Swiss army maps, UK Ordnance Survey maps, and Austrian Kompass" to mobile devices. As a result, users can access detailed maps that highlight different places of interest for hikers, urban cyclists and mountain bikers. The map helps users plot the ideal route, while also providing important information about elevation and terrain. Although the maps are extremely detailed, the makers of Optimap designed the graphics to be as user-friendly as possible.

Optimap gives cyclists and hikers a simple tool for calculating and mapping out routes.