From above
Street level

Why use our
Map Image API?

  • Fresher

    Fresher map imagery from ground level and
    airborne via one powerful and simple API.

  • Higher Resolution

    Superior resolution from every angle:

    Airborne is 6 cm / pixel or better

    Street level is 4K or better

  • Every perspective

    Map imagery and location telemetry captured by:

    Airborne from a drone

    Street level from a dashcam

    Street level from a smartphone

Use cases

Fresh, high resolution, and accurate imagery are the primary ingredient for great maps used across a wide set of industries. The Map Image API is a simple, powerful, and cost effective map imagery source used across industries and use cases. Trusted and used by forward looking businesses across the logistics, utilities, real-estate, telecom, insurance, and engineering industries.


1. Complex road system

  • Highway interchanges with constantly changing on and off ramps are one example of complex road systems that need to be monitored for changes.
  • Using a combination of airborne and ground imagery helps you see the big picture from above and the details at street level.

Street view

2. Missing addresses

  • Missing addresses in urban environments makes delivery challenging.
  • Our Map Image API provides high resolution street level imagery to help identify all those delivery locations with missing addresses.

2. Missing addresses

3. One address, multiple locations

  • Complex locations like hospitals and shopping centers have one address, but multiple delivery locations.
  • Logistics companies need granular information about delivery locations.
  • The Map Image data from above and ground level lets you identify and update your systems with this granular information.

Street view

4. Complex drop off / pick up

  • Drop off and pick up locations for ride sharing companies often occur in areas with obstructed map imagery.
  • The street level imagery crowdsourced by a network of contributors collects in these locations.

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5. Commercial delivery entrance

  • There are 16-17 million delivery trucks in the US alone. Of those, 2.5 million are tractor trailors.
  • Tractor trailers are particulary hard to navigate at the point of delivery locations. There are complex rules and hazards waiting at every corner.
  • The combination of street level map imagery with ground based allows you to identify and label these locations with confidence.

Street view

6. Verify road closure and re-openings

  • Each day millions of road km are impacted with road closures, traffic re-routing and more.
  • When GPS traces are not enough, you need visual certainity about road closures and changes to traffic patterns due to events, accidents, and natural disasters.

Street view

Hivemapper’s maps provides me with the fresh data to ensure that my navigation systems have the best possible data, so driver’s know where they are going.

Joe, Logisitics Manager


Asset inventory

  • Each utility pole has asset identifiers and equipment that need to be tracked for location and condition of the pole and equipment.
  • The combination of street level map imagery with ground based allows you to identify and label these locations with confidence.

Asset inventory

With millions of physical assets out in the real world, I need to know where they are located, their condition, and possible potential issues with these assets. The fresh maps imagery from Hivemapper gives me an extra pair of eyes where I need it most.

Miguel, Operations Managers


Asset inventory

  • A city the size of Dallas, Texas has to deploy over 10,000 5G nodes to provide coverage. That means a wireless telecom operator has to track and manage hundreds of thousands of 5G equipment.
  • With airborne maps built from drones they provide you with the resolution needed to identify and track the condition and obstructions of this equipment.

Street view

Real Estate

Create local maps

  • Neighborhood visualization for building permits
  • Help with real-estate appraisals
  • Showcase building and homes for sale or rental
  • Create campus maps for your campus, venue, hospital and more

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Architecture and Engineering

Monitor Building Progress

  • Track the progress of new buildings coming online to understand how it will impact traffic, prices, and contractual obligations.
  • With airborne maps built from drones they provide you with the resolution needed to identify and track the condition and obstructions of this equipment.

Monitor Building Progress


1. Property risk assessment

  • High resolution airborne and street level imagery helps insurance companies understand the condition of a roof, swimming pool, fencing, and more.

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2. Commercial property

  • Insurance companies, real-estate brokers, and more need to understand the condition of a commercial property to assess insurance underwriting or assess the value of a property.
  • With airborne maps built from drones they provide the resolution needed to see all the finer details of a roof, the overall condition of a property, and more.

2. Commercial property

State and local government


  • When planning large events at venues counties and cities need to understand the overall context from airborne imagery as well as the small details from street level to account for traffic, safety, and event plans.


Product Specs

The Map Image API is designed to enable you to start very small and scale as our map coverage grows. You can choose between street level front facing, street level side facing, airborne, or request all of them at the same time. Companies only pay based on Map Image API data usage, and there are no additional fees. Anyone can start using the map today by creating an account and generating an API key.


  • 1 Map Tile = 0.001 Sq Km
  • 1,000 Map Tiles = 1 Sq Km

Data available for each Map Tile

  • Airborne: imagery within the tile
  • Ground: front facing imagery within the tile
  • Ground: side facing imagery within the tile
  • Privacy: faces and license plate masked

File Formats

  • Airborne: GeoTiff or JPG
  • Ground: JPG


  • Absolute accuracy: 1 to 2 meters
  • Relative accuracy: 50 centimeters


  • Airborne: 2.5 to 5 CM per pixel
  • Ground: 4K images (3840 × 2160) or better

Street view (front facing)
Street view (side facing)

Coverage Map

Whether it be street level maps from a dashcam or airborne maps from a drone - our coverage map shows you where contributors have built the global map. Want a new area mapped or want fresher maps in an area? You can prioritize a set of map tiles so that the area gets mapped faster.

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