Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The latest update of MAPS.ME for iOS and Android was developed for all the Olympic tourists coming to Rio.

The map of the city has specifically designed icons for all of the Olympic venues with dedicated icons for arenas, cycling tracks and water sports. Apart from that, users can find places where competitions will be broadcasted. The major landmarks and public transport stops are highlighted as well.  

MAPS.ME uses open location data provided by OpenStreetMap (OSM), a crowd-sourced map service. In order to prepare for the Olympics, enthusiasts of OSM community started what they call first online marathon, having already added 4020 buildings and 1510 streets.

All of the icons in Rio were made more visible and can be seen on the map without thorough zooming. This version of MAPS.ME is believed to make navigation in Rio easier and not only help finding tourists what they are looking for, but also recommend new places to visit.

"At MAPS.ME we always strive to make the app convenient and reliable together with maximizing its content. What we prepared for Rio Olympics is just a beginning of filling our maps with the useful information on landmarks. We collaborate with Wikimedia Foundation and other open projects in order to add this information to MAPS.ME", says Eugene Lisovskiy, CEO of MAPS.ME.

Besides, all landmarks in Rio are available for download in various languages. To make sure you import all bookmarks correctly read through this short guide: https://goo.gl/yLeCxP

These places can be viewed in a list via detailed Bookmarks pack for the app with additional info about the venues (brief description, including which Olympic events take place there and public transport directions).