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New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in digital maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Through the wonders of technology, some maps have expanded their reach from basic wayfinding tools to enlightening information displays. The latest maps do both: providing information displays that aid personal navigation.

Case in point: maps that allow you to see at a glance how long it will take to get from here to there on foot or using public transit.

Andrew Hardin, a grad student at the University of Colorado, developed a series of ingenious maps – using heat-map visualization – for a few cities, including Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, and Boulder, CO. These maps allow you to click on any location and see a resulting, color-coded map of travel times from there, ranging from 10 minutes (red) to 120+ minutes (purple).

These aren’t yet perfected, but it’s intriguing to see how mapping technology can be fun and useful, even if you’re directionally challenged.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3025581/visualized/these-maps-redraw-cities-based-on-how-long-it-takes-to-get-around-without-a-car#1

http://geoss.colorado.edu/traveltime/map.php#city=Seattle,%20WA&lat=47.617041&lon=-122.196121

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. www.directionalsense.com

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