Nice to see the announcement of the ‘Mapbox for Unity’ SDK today, including elevation layers and building heights. It further strengthens my assertion that VR is the perfect tool to prototype for an AR future. Of course this will be great in VR as well, I’m already thinking about some pretty amazing data visualisation concepts (data visualisation + VR = definitely on my todo list).
If you don’t know Mapbox already, it’s a great way to add highly customised maps, geocoding and routing to your iOS, Android or web app. And their web-based studio app (shown above) allows you to create virtually any style, similar to the type of styles you would find on Snazzy Maps. We considered using it at some point for our Code Red app, although I did not go any further than a quick prototype combining it with Here’s routing API.
The toolbox we have at our disposal is tremendous, and it keeps getting better by the day. I signed up for early access, and hope to be able to have a play with this soon.