Steven Romalewski, director of the mapping service at the City University of New York’s Center for Urban Research, said Google had opened up the new era of mapping, yet he worries there isn’t enough competition.
“I wouldn’t want to see one entity controlling the base map,” Romalewski said.
“There will always be multiple providers. I don’t see us effectively owning the map,” McClendon said. “We are making a version of the world, as accurate as we can make it.”