I often get requests about the growth and competitiveness of OpenStreetMap in regards to commercial maps. While OpenStreetMap excels especially when it comes to details, people want to see figures that are more comparable to the commercial maps – mainly navigatable road networks.
I came across some internal evaluations of the recent planet files and thought I just share those figures figures with. These statistics are Europe related and show the values separated for Western and Eastern Europe.
In general we can report a healthy growth over the last 9 months – despite the license change that caused some loss of data.
The drivable road network continues to grow in Western and Eastern Europe. While some countries like Germany have more or less reached 100% coverage of the driveable road network, others still have potential. In Eastern Europe I want to stress the growth of Turkey by 39% and Russia by 19%. In Western Europe we see Spain growing by 18% and France by 19%.
Turn restrictions show a strong growth – Eastern and Western Europe alike. Saturation has not been reached in any country –even Germany has grown by 34%.
The overall growth of road segments shows an uptake after the license change had been completed.
Overall we see stronger growth in Eastern Europe, which means the gap between Eastern and Western Europe is narrowing.
This is showing just an extract of available data but allows extrapolation with a good confidence level. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me.