Google Maps May Alert You the Next Time You're Near a Train Crossing

Car accidents at railroad crossings spiked nine percent last year, according to the New York Times–a huge number that the Federal Railroad Administration is trying to bring down. Today, it announced a project with Google to create alerts within Google Maps that will tell motorists when they’re closing in on a crossing. » 6/29/15 5:10pm Monday 5:10pm

A map showing each state's most unique favorite food

Foursquare tracked people’s tastes across America to come up with a very interesting way to determine the uniqueness of taste: they mined their user data to figure out which food or drink was disproportionately popular in each state. So this map doesn’t show what’s the most popular item in each state, but what item is… » 5/21/15 3:23pm 5/21/15 3:23pm

These Maps Plot the Most Interesting Places and the Paths Between Them

For the past five years data artist Eric Fischer’s been working on something called the Geotaggers’ World Atlas, a project which hopes to discover the world’s most interesting places by examining beautiful Flickr photos. As it turns out, the maps showing the routes between them are just as beautiful. » 4/29/15 8:00pm 4/29/15 8:00pm

Apple Wants To Make Navigation Like A Friend Reading You Directions

Apple has filed for a patent titled “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.” It’s exactly what it sounds like, nixing voice prompts that say, “turn right in 600 feet” to “make the next right after the McDonalds.” And it could explain its fleet of sensor-laden minivans.
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Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

If you ever wondered what sorts of things English-speakers are looking to buy in the Middle East, Russia or West Africa, look no further than Google, which has all of our data. That, at least, is what the cost guide website Fixr.com did, by examining the top Google autocomplete search terms for every country on the… » 4/26/15 11:00am 4/26/15 11:00am

How to Keep Track of All Your Favorite Places

Mapping apps have given us unprecedented access to the world around us, but even with all this technology at our disposal, remembering the name of that bar you went to last week can still be a struggle. Well, struggle no longer: We’ve pulled together a selection of the best apps and sites for keeping your favorite… » 4/21/15 9:58am 4/21/15 9:58am