Press release and picture: Ecopia

Ecopia AI has announced a new partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to deliver a comprehensive HD map of 26 land cover and transportation features to metropolitan planning organisations throughout the state of Illinois. This will cover the third largest metropolitan area in the United States and an area of over 12,000 square miles. 

The detailed map and its features will ensure that the MPOs have accurate, up-to-date information at scale for decision-making related to transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality of life issues, says the company’s press release. 

“The partnership with Ecopia empowers us with an unprecedented level of detail and accuracy about northeastern Illinois,” said CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman. “These comprehensive and up-to-date views of transportation and land cover will help CMAP, and local decision makers drive innovation and develop projects that serve our region’s 8.5 million residents.” 

By utilising its advanced artificial intelligence-based mapping systems, Ecopia will be able to ingest high-resolution geospatial imagery data and output transportation-related map features with high-precision at a large-scale.  

Ecopia is extracting 26 distinct features, including land cover types (roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.) and advanced transportation features (turning lanes, medians, stoplines, etc.) to provide a complete view of the region’s land use and pedestrian mobility network. Digitizing these features manually would have taken the MPOs thousands of hours, but Ecopia is able to extract them all from up-to-date imagery with human-like precision in record time, said the press release. 

“Ecopia is thrilled to deliver IDOT and CMAP with the high quality map data needed for regional and community planning,” added Bill Singleton, VP of Sales at Ecopia. “We are committed to using AI for good, and are proud to be working with the MPOs of Illinois to improve the quality of life for millions of people. IDOT is excited to provide resources to metropolitan planning organizations with an innovative data tool for critical statewide infrastructure,” said Holly Bieneman, Director of IDOT’s Office of Planning & Programming.