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RapiD screenshot.png
Authors iD developers, Facebook inc.
License ISC
Platform Web
Website https://mapwith.ai/rapid
Source code Blacktocat.svg facebookincubator/RapiD

Modification of iD to add AI-detected roads to OSM

RapiDis a modified version of the popular OSM editing tool, iD editor, developed by Facebook as a way to add and edit map features generated by AI predictions. RapiD was initially designed as a tool to add roads, and has subsequently been used to add buildings as well. RapiD includes validation checks (in addition to checks within iD) to detect potential errors.

How to edit with RapiD

RapiD suggests features, allowing the mapper to decide which features to add to the map. Suggested features are displayed with a magenta color to differentiate them from other map features. A mapper can select a suggested feature, then click “Use This Feature” to add it to the map. From there, it is like any other newly-digitized feature: the geometry and tags can be modified and then uploaded to OSM. Only features that are accepted by a mapper are uploaded to OSM.

For more RapiD editing guidance and tips, please refer to the RapiD Self Service Training Document.

Code contribution

RapiD is a fork of iD Editor. It has been open sourced. You can find its source code at the GitHub page.

Countries with AI-Generated Roads

RapiD incorporates road features generated through an artificial intelligence (AI) process. This process was developed by Facebook using a deep neural net model and Maxar imagery to predict road features. The roads are now available for most regions of the world. This page maintains the up-to-date list of countries with AI-generated roads available. Users can submit a request for road features to be generated in a new region or have data refreshed.

More information on Facebook’s AI-Assisted Road Tracing can be found on the project wiki.

JOSM Plugin

A JOSM plugin is also available. The mapwithai JOSM plugin has similar functionality to RapiD.


Further reading