Mapillary has spent a lot of time perfecting its uploading capabilities, automatic GIS integration and traffic sign detection to help make cities smarter. The hard work has paid off, as 4 Years From Now, a business platform focused on connecting global startups, has selected Mapillary as the best business in the Smart City Industry.

Mapillary calls the award a great honor. On the same day the award was presented at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, the Swedish city of Helsingborg released one million photos on Mapillary as a part of an open geo-data initiative, which will help spread local street view images to everyone, including those who want to use 3D mapping to develop community services. “It’s very exciting to see cities embracing the possibilities for citizen engagement with Mapillary, and we look forward to helping more cities make the best use of their data,” says Pau Gargallo Piracés, Mapillary co-founder. “It’s an honor to all of us at Mapillary to have these capabilities recognized by 4YFN, and an even greater one to see them helping communities.”

The city mapping community plans to continue perfecting its product moving forward. Traffic signs and pavement conditions are just the first two ways to use the data in a street level map, Piracés says. “We’ve been developing those, because they are so obviously important to cities. If the speed limit changes, a city can make sure that they’ve changed all of the signs with our automatic recognition software. If a pothole gets filled, a picture from May will show the hole but the one from June will show perfect pavement.”

In the near future, the Mapillary computer vision will be able to pick out a whole new class of map data from pictures, and its3D reconstruction will be improved as well, according to Piracés.