Eye in the sky

Eye in the sky

Summary: I've finally seen Google Maps for Mobile, a phone-based service that (among other things) lets you select a city and see the level of congestion (red, yellow, orange or green) of the arteries leading into (out of) it. It's extremely inspiring.

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I've finally seen Google Maps for Mobile, a phone-based service that (among other things) lets you select a city and see the level of congestion (red, yellow, orange or green) of the arteries leading into (out of) it. It's extremely inspiring.

So what?

Aerial views are a largely untapped source of consumer applications. And while traffic congestion warnings are all very well, what I really want (among other things) is a parking space finder. Continuous satellite feeds (dream on, I know, but Google is amazingly resourceful; one day they may launch their own...) would let Google tell me about nearby empty parking spaces as they become available. The neighborhoods I (try to) park in are so congested that I'd pay a lot for the service--it'd probably still be cheaper than a garage. While we're at it, guide me to the empty areas on the crowded lawn at Ravinia Park and find my car when the show's over. Track my children, follow my spouse, spot muggings in progress and recover stolen automobiles. Send me a nastygram if my lawn is too high or dry or my roof needs new shingles or my pool needs cleaning. Count the number of people going into restaurants and report on the most popular ones. (Though as Yogi Berra once put it, "It's so popular that no one goes there anymore.") Remonstrate with me if I speed too much (but please don't tell the cops). Fight subpoenas tooth and nail. And please, oh please, don't make the data public, no matter how much you scrub it. (Silly idea, really. Who would do such a thing?)

Topic: Google

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  • Real-time satellite data, what a dream!

    Actually being able to SEE the traffic jams would be a must for me. Traffic data always seems to be 15 minutes out of date, and sometimes that can mean either:
    a) The "clear" road is now an accident disaster area!
    b) The totally congested, but FAST DIRECT route has already been cleared. You've just taken a "shortcut" for nothing!
    Being able to actually zoom in on a section of Motorway (Highway for you guys!) and see if the traffic is flowing would be ideal.

    We already use aerial satellite imagery to good use in our company, our transport department uses it to locate drop-offs in remote areas, rather than relying on GPS/SatNav systems that sometimes struggle with remote rural locations (and we deliver to a LOT of them!). It's much easier to drive to a location when you can actually SEE the place you are looking for!
    Scrat
    • too expensive

      really the price tag is the only problem for google being able to do the continually online, continuous data feed... the computers/receiving stations are the easy part... it's the satellite itself, and the sheer number of users that would be the problem... after all, comparing your company to google, you can see how usage would be different... of course, once that kind of imaging power is in orbit, everyone will want all kinds of that power... really, the US Gov't should replace the GPS satellites lost to attrition with multi-function satellites... put the imaging power up there... even if no one could afford it, the US Military would love to have it :P
      shryko
  • RE: Eye in the sky

    it is not even in real time. its a waste!.



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