We love maps and infographics at Foxtrot Alpha, and animated ones are that much better. The video below depicting the expansion of ISIS controlled territory over time is especially interesting. After explosive expansion in 2013-2014, now it seems that when any territory is taken back from the Islamic State they just…
Sometimes we forget just how chaotic Europe’s geopolitical past was. Long before the Nazis or the Soviet Union caused great shifts in the balance of power, endless conflicts shifted the continent’s borders time and time again. When put in perspective, empires rose and fell in the blink of an eye. This awesome…
Here is the normal way I get into a car: I open the door. I sit down. I adjust the seat. I check the mirrors. And then I silence the navigation system voice for all eternity.
Uber has already been testing autonomous vehicles on the roads of Pittsburgh, and now it’s rolled out a separate fleet of mapping vehicles, too.
Driving under the influence isn’t a good idea on any stretch of road, but if you’re heading off to drive the I-90 in Montana after a few shots, better make sure your will is up to date.
If you haven’t picked your summer vacation yet, might I suggest one of these thoroughly-catalogued road trips from some of America’s greatest road-tripping stories? Steven Melendez and Richard Kreitner have teamed up for Atlas Obscura to plot the course of the cross-country trips detailed in some of America’s finest…
OpenStreetMap is a wonderful thing. Rather than relying on Google or Apple or Nokia to map the world, it taps a massive community to crowd-source, identify, and update all the world’s roads. And it also allows data nerds to create cool stuff like this.
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.
Looking for good schools, good health, good morals, and good times? Well, then you'd need to find good roads first, according to the National Highway Association. Which is why the NHA drew up the first proposed highway plan in 1913.
Android/iOS: Alongways, the service that finds interesting and useful places to stop along your road trip route, just took the wraps off of new mobile apps for iOS and Android that will guide you to interesting sights, places to eat, historic landmarks, and more while you're already on the road—perfect if you'd like a…
For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps—much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road.
Trapster, the app that let users share everything from speed traps to red light cameras, is headed to the great app store in the sky after mismanagement, neglect, and one ridiculously creepy privacy scandal.
The National Weather Service has developed a powerful tool that allows users to create custom weather maps that show everything from temperatures to snow totals. The tool's most excellent feature, by far, is the ability to track future weather along the path of one's road trip.
What if you took something like Google Earth, then ramped it up and installed it as an app you can use on planes — giving passengers a virtual view from the cockpit and side windows, as well as locational data with restaurants, hotels, popular spots and even history? Then you'd have FlightPath 3D.
Sometimes you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible—but what if you want to savor the journey? Well, Yahoo has been working on an algorithm that can plot the most beautiful route, for those days when time is less of a concern.
It looks like Apple's doing everything it can to get its in-house Maps software back in our good graces. Thanks to a hidden asset buried deep in iOS 8, new icons seem to reveal a Maps feature that would remember exactly where users last parked their cars.
When you check the day's temperature or see if it's going to rain on your way to work, the answer can vary widely depending on where you look. Luckily, the website ForecastAdvisor—which grades the accuracy of U.S. forecasting outlets such as The Weather Channel, National Weather Service (NWS), CustomWeather, and …