With a new year comes new technological strides—or should we say, leaps and bounds? It’s almost hard to keep up with the dizzying number of emerging trends and developments in the mapping & geospatial field—which is why we’re here to ‘map’ them out for you. We’ve got our eye on these up-and-coming geospatial technologies in 2019 (and you definitely should, too!).
1. Automotive Industry
We’ve written in the past about the innovations in underground navigation, but there’s a lot of good work being done in cars today, too. We’ve gone from personal cars that were connected to satellites in space to autonomous cars that are completely self-driving, as seen in the latest navigation “solution” from Google.
But what’s going on in the automotive industry that average consumers can enjoy? A lot. Take Volkswagen, for example. In late 2018, they announced that its VW Car-Net mobile app added a new feature for Apple device users. Now, you’re able to talk directly to Siri and issue car commands such as locking and unlocking the vehicle, and checking estimated mileage. Now as you’re walking up to your car, hands loaded with groceries, you can simply speak into your connected Apple watch and say, “Hey Siri, unlock my car”. Other short cuts include climate temperature commands and a “Where is my car?” feature. If you don’t believe us, just head over to a Volkswagen dealer to see this innovative tech for yourself!
It might sound ominous but indoor and underground mapping will totally change the way we live our lives in 2019. Integrated HVAC systems will decrease energy consumption, corporate campuses will better allocate resources, healthcare delivery at hospitals will become more efficient, and transportation hubs will make traveling more pleasant. The list goes on and on!
Geospatial drones go hand in hand with indoor mapping technology. You’ll also see developments in the drone geofencing technology you’ve seen develop over time with enhancements from DJI.
Remember, it’s always smart at the turn of the new year to check in with the latest 2019 laws that may require you to register your favorite hobby with the FAA.
It seems like today, nearly every mobile app contains some sort of geospatial feature; and that could be serving local advertisements or connecting you to friends nearby to enhance UEX. But in 2019, we’re seeing a host of new apps that are designed for us folks who are obsessed with geospatial products, such as:
- Collector for ArcGIS: This data-collection software lets you update maps, make notes, and add photos or videos.
- Mapit GIS: It’s field data and survey collection software that enables you to organize information into editable layers for exportation.
- SW Maps: This free, beginner-friendly app is a great starting place for anyone looking to get involved with geospatial mapping.
… and much, much more. If you want the most out of your GPS receivers this year, you need to check these out.
5. Geo Business
Geospacing analytics is poised to be huge in 2019, specifically with relation to graphics processing units (GPUs) over computer processing units (CPUs). As a result, EO imagery such as deep learning will begin to takeoff to new heights. You’ll see businesses exploring massive databases with GPU-acceleration to make queries instantaneous at zero-latency speeds.
How exactly these advanced tech trends will shape the future of geo business, we’re not quite sure. Profit margins will increase and customer satisfaction will undoubtedly improve, but we’ll have to wait and see how exactly it’ll begin to shape the economy.
The future is all about innovation and this list of 2019 Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups demonstrates just how strongly that statement rings true. You’ll see how the older tech giants are being thwarted by newly founded startups like StreetCred (est. 2018). StreetCred is just one of these young, up-and-coming companies who are changing the geospacing game, in this case by offering accessible data for places people care about.
As the year unfolds, keep your eye on these companies as well as these emerging industries. If you’re interested in getting further involved with the awesome world of geo, 2019 might just be the year to make your mark! Some geo startups will even pay you to collect data for self-driving cars!