In case you missed details of this news this week, here’s a slightly delayed update to share that Steve Coast, foudner of OSM, has left his role at Microsoft (coincidentally announced the same day as the Microsoft / Nokia deal) for a position with Telenav.
This from Steve’s blog post… Today, my luck continues as I share with you that I have joined Telenav to lead OSM growth and development in its Scout navigation services. I have watched Telenav for a few years now as the company has invested in the OSM community and has developed technology to help improve data across the country. It was fascinating to observe over time how the team developed the technology that allows OSM to work well in a navigation environment – a task that is much more complicated than just providing a display map. Moreover, the community benefit of adding billions of GPS data points into the map editing process is exactly how I had hoped that the crowd-sourcing process would evolve.
See complete details from Steve on his blog and good luck to Steve and Telenav!