You are missing a gladly used road crossing, or this has now just received a new traffic light and guide strips and is not yet in the map?
The database used by Routago offers the fantastic possibility to add or correct map data for yourself and thus also for others. This is one of Routago’s advantages over standard map providers.
Routago is based on the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. The OSM is a very dedicated community project for cartography data, from the concept corresponding to the well-known Wikipedia. Like there, also in the OSM everyone can participate and improve the data.
Today, Routago users are already contributing by updating or collecting data for pedestrians and essential information for blind and visually impaired people. In particular, these are often the important data, such as crossings, sidewalks, traffic lights, guide strips, etc. For our users, the entries in OSM are often done by friends or acquaintances, since unfortunately there are only essentially visual tools for editing.
At OSM there are numerous initiatives and information about OSM and visual impairment:
For those who want to join and give it a try:
- just register (https://www.openstreetmap.org/login),
- go through the introduction (https://learnosm.org/en)
- and start mapping.
In doing so, don’t be deterred if it’s a lot of material at first. Everyone can start quite simply with adding perhaps missing, relevant features, called “tags” to already existing map points. The next step could be, for example, to set pedestrian crossings and to record the characteristics.
The contribution can increase very slowly in complexity. It is a lot of fun and you do something very important for many people. It is even twice as much fun to do this so-called mapping together with several other mappers. There are also OSM mapper communities and regular meetings in many larger cities.
For the availability of the edited data in Routago it should be noted that it can take up to several days until registered changes have passed through all systems and are available in Routago.