A Map Of The First Proposed U.S. Highway Network

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. » 3/06/15 12:31pm 3/06/15 12:31pm

Alongways Mobile Finds Interesting Spots to Stop on Your Road Trip

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… » 1/20/15 12:42pm 1/20/15 12:42pm

The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch 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. » 12/15/14 4:33pm 12/15/14 4:33pm

Trapster Will Die At The End Of The Year

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. » 12/01/14 7:55pm 12/01/14 7:55pm

This Powerful Mapping Tool Lets You Plot the Weather Along a Road Trip

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. » 11/06/14 3:51pm 11/06/14 3:51pm

FlightPath 3D Is The First Interactive Flight Map You'll Actually Love

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. » 9/19/14 4:25pm 9/19/14 4:25pm

Yahoo's Developing a Map Algorithm to Find the Most Beautiful Route

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. » 7/09/14 1:15pm 7/09/14 1:15pm

Apple Maps Will Soon Remember Where You Parked Your Car

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. » 6/10/14 4:34pm 6/10/14 4:34pm

What Parts Of The Country Get The Worst Weather Predictions?

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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 … » 5/02/14 1:18pm 5/02/14 1:18pm

A map of 19th Century shipping routes and nothing else

Nautical trade routes stretch like so many lengths of string in this arresting visualization of intercontinental commerce in the 1800s. The map that emerges highlights not only several continents and their busiest ports, but the various trade winds that cycle through the lower reaches of Earth's atmosphere. » 1/05/14 3:29pm 1/05/14 3:29pm

A New York City Transit Map Custom-Made for the Super Bowl

With the Super Bowl now less than two months away—Groundhog Day!—the disparate mass transit organizations around New York City are gearing up for more than 400,000 new visitors. And what do out of towners always need in New York? They need maps. Beautiful, useful maps. » 12/10/13 3:23pm 12/10/13 3:23pm

An interactive map that lets you hear New York in 1933

It's basically an audio time machine. Tech historian Emily Thompson, out of Princeton, has put together an interactive map of New York circa 1933, embedded with the old sounds of the city. » 12/09/13 3:55pm 12/09/13 3:55pm

Official GTA 5 Map Shows UFO Crash Sites Easter Egg Under Blacklight!

Our favorite GTA 5 Collector's Edition easter egg is the GTA map. When held under UV/blacklight it reveals clues to locations of paranormal hotspots like bigfoot sightings, alien bases and UFO crash sites. If Mulder was a gamer, he'd be all over this shit...and Scully would be just another GTA widow. » 10/02/13 2:48pm 10/02/13 2:48pm

42 Maps that Will Change How You Think About the World

Aside from just telling you where you are, or letting you point our where you want to be, maps can do a fantastic job of recontextualizing everything you think you know about the world. You probably know that already, but here's a run-down of maps that do it well. » 9/21/13 10:36am 9/21/13 10:36am

Google Street View Driver Rams 2 Buses, 1 Truck in Failed Hit-and-Run

It's not a good year to be a Google Street View driver—or rather, in this case, to be anywhere in the vicinity of one. In Bogor, Indonesia, one ill-fated Google Street View car got itself into a bit of trouble when the driver's failed attempt at a hit-and-run involved him ramming into two large public busses and a… » 9/13/13 11:10am 9/13/13 11:10am

15 Subway Maps That Trace NYC's Transit History

Though you and I are only familiar with a single MTA map, dozens of other maps have attempted to make the NYC subway, er, reasonably comprehensive over the years. It's hard to imagine that the 1, 2, and 3 lines weren't always red, or that the L was once known as the "16 Line," which is what makes these old maps so… » 9/03/13 10:14am 9/03/13 10:14am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Maps Master

The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can't afford to stand still. A recent overhaul brought bringing more customization options, extra features and a brand new look. Here are 10 useful tips and… » 9/02/13 2:04pm 9/02/13 2:04pm

Explore London's Tube In 3D With This Hypnotic Real-Time Map

Back in June, London’s transit corporation decided to release all of its information about bus and train departures to the public. That way, administrators probably figured, eager developers could use that data to build better transit apps. But the move has also resulted in some pretty interesting creative projects,… » 8/21/13 11:28am 8/21/13 11:28am

A Map of the World, with Each Name Listed in that Country's Language

Maps of the world are typically written with the language of the viewer in mind. But the zoomable Endonym Map takes a different approach, writing each country's name in one of that country's own languages. » 8/10/13 4:39pm 8/10/13 4:39pm

Five Best Car GPS Units

If you're hitting the road this summer, you probably want a solid GPS with you to make getting to your destination a little easier. Whether you just use your phone or you prefer a stand-alone unit, there are pros and cons to each, and this week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. » 7/28/13 12:37pm 7/28/13 12:37pm