Importing

This chapter describes the process of transforming OSM extracts into A/B Street's map model. These are implementation details; you may be looking for the user guide to importing a new city.

The steps are:

  1. A large .osm file is clipped to a hand-drawn boundary region, using osmconvert
  2. The convert_osm crate reads the clipped .osm, and a bunch of optional supplementary files, and produces a RawMap
  3. Part of the map_model crate transforms the RawMap into the final Map
  4. Other applications read and use the Map file

The importer crate orchestrates these steps, along with automatically downloading any missing input data.

The rest of these sections describe each step in a bit more detail. Keeping the docs up-to-date is hard; the best reference is the code, which is hopefully organized clearly.

Don't be afraid of how complicated this pipeline seems -- each step is relatively simple. If it helps, imagine how this started -- just chop up OSM ways into road segments, infer lanes for each road, and infer turns between the lanes.