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Just when you thought Google Maps couldn’t get any better, up pops imagery specialist DigitalGlobe with the first aerial picture from its recently launched WorldView-4 satellite. Snapped from 617 kilometers (383 miles) above Earth at the end of last month, the pin-sharp picture shows Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, a venue that played a part in the 1964 Olympics and which is set to see more action in the 2020 Games.

Key Takeaways:

  • Interestingly, the new software removes the Travel Times and Transit widgets Google added to Google Maps last month.
  • It’s a handy way to check the state of the road in your location without the need to login to your Apple device and launch the Google Maps app.
  • Results will be plotted along your current route, where they can then be added to the ongoing turn-by-turn navigation.

“The widget, which can be accessed by either swiping left on the Lock Screen or the Home Page of your iOS 10 device, displays a small map showing traffic congestion close to your current location.”

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/739923/Google-Maps-Update-iPhone-Remove-Feature

Google Maps update removes one feature, replaces it with two useful new ones – Express.co.uk

Just when you thought Google Maps couldn’t get any better, up pops imagery specialist DigitalGlobe with the first aerial picture from its recently launched WorldView-4 satellite. Snapped from 617 kilometers (383 miles) above Earth at the end of last month, the pin-sharp picture shows Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, a venue that played a part in … Read More

How to survive driving in Texas in 6 easy steps

Driving across Texas can be made less stressful and easier if certain things are understood. First off traffic is bad in most places, in addition some of the drivers aren’t the greatest. Texas is also a large state and someone can drive for hours between towns. There are also many things that can distract a … Read More

Read this before coming to Venice

In order to enjoy your trip to Venice there are a few things that you must know before you go to ensure that you have the best time. When in Venice it is important to realize that it is not an amusement park or a place to enjoy a swim in the canals but a … Read More

Safe Driving Tips: Sharing The Road With The Big Rigs

There’s nothing fun about driving next to an 18-wheeler. They’re big and they have a frightening tendency to drift in and out of your lane more often than you’d like. But sharing the road with a big rig need not be a nightmare — there are things you can do to make it easier on … Read More

Apple using drones to catch Google Maps, report says – USA TODAY

Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet … Read More

Volpe’s Fifth Innovation Challenge will Focus on New Transportation Solutions

The fifth annual Volpe Innovation Challenge will take place on December 6 at Volpe’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. DOT’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Chris Gerdes, Ph.D., will discuss the importance of innovation, and he will lead the panel of judges that will select the winning team. Gerdes joined Volpe this past October for the Future … Read More

Megacity mayors chart road maps to cut carbon emissions – Christian Science Monitor

The Megacities Carbon Project was launched in 2012 to solve a pressing scientific problem: how to measure the greenhouse gases that cities produce. Urban areas generate at least 70 percent of the world’s fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions, but gauging a city’s carbon footprint remains difficult due to the lack of effective measurement methods. The … Read More

Submission – Fantasy Map: Future Rapid Transit of Canberra,…

A fantasy map imagining Canberra’s (newly under construction) light rail system and a fantasy rapid and feeder bus network at some point in the future. I wanted to address Canberra’s notorious reputation as a spread out and car dominated city and make the map about finding fast and simple connections to high quality public transport … Read More

These online maps are tracking the outbreak of violence and harassment in America – Mashable

Ushahidi, a non-partisan, Africa-based company that creates open-source mapping products, has launched an online map that displays incidents of violence, hate speech, harassment, and protests in the United States since the election. Another similar map, the Harass Map, reports similar events and uses similar vetting, but links to reports of the incidents published in the … Read More

Artists Used Machine Learning to Turn Hand Drawn Maps Into Satellite Images – Motherboard

“In a nutshell, what we are doing with this project is image to image translation. As this text can be translated into another language maintaining all the information, in the same way images can be translated in different representation of the same semantic content,” said Gabriele Gambotto, CTO and cofounder of Leva Engineering consultancy and … Read More