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How one Japanese startup tackles urban parking woes using smart poles

<i>(The Bridge) –</i> We are told that one out of five drivers in urban areas in the US is constantly driving in circles hunting for a parking space. As problem solvers, parking-sharing services, such as Akippa in Japan, JustPark and Park Circa in other countries, are emerging.<p>Released in early November, …

Internet of Things

Google expands Local Guides in Maps with new rewards

Google announced today that it’s expanding the Local Guides feature it has for Google Maps that aims to act as a community-driven virtual guide for points of interest with an integrated rewards program (which it could position as a Yelp competitor).<p>Among the biggest update for the expansion is new …

Apple Adds New Flyover Locations, Expands 'Nearby' Feature to Australia, Canada, France and Germany

Apple today updated its Maps app for Mac and iOS with new Flyover locations in number of cities and "Nearby" location listings in Australia, Canada, France, and Germany. Introduced in iOS 9, the Nearby feature displays restaurants and stores that are located close by. When searching in the Maps …

Tesla is mapping the Earth, 'cause your GPS won't cut it for self-driving cars

Self-driving cars require an incredible amount of information to operate safely. Tesla and Elon Musk know this well.<p>Tesla Motors formally launched its long-awaited Autopilot feature on Wednesday, which is not quite a self-driving car, but rather a higher degree of autonomy. One of the new features …

Tesla

Google Releases ‘Experimental’ Public Transport App For Delhi, India

Google has continued its focus on India after it introduced an Android app for navigating public transport in Delhi.<p>The U.S. firm last month announced plans to bring Wi-Fi to India’s train stations, and now this new app addresses another issue with commuting and traveling: actually getting …

Google Maps Comes To Apple Watch

At Google’s press event today, the company announced a number of new products and updates, including two new Nexus smartphones, two Chromecast devices, a new Android tablet and more, but one thing it kept under wraps was news of a notable new application arriving on the iOS platform: Google Maps …

Baidu Maps, which partners with Uber in China, hits 300M monthly active users on its app

Chinese Internet search giant Baidu offered some updated numbers on its hugely popular mobile Maps app Tuesday, perhaps best known outside China for partnering with Uber in December last year to allow users in the country to hail a taxi from right inside the app. (Baidu is also a big investor in …

Uber

First 3D map of Earth's interior shows where volcanoes come from

It's no secret that Earth's volcanoes are the result of magma rising through the planet's mantle, but have you wondered just where those 'roots' run? UC Berkeley can provide an answer. It just created the first-ever detailed 3D map of the Earth's interior by studying the path of seismic waves. The …

Volcanoes

Apple reveals data sources for transit directions in Maps on iOS 9

With iOS 9, Apple revealed that its Maps service would begin to support transit directions. The service supports buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year. One big question, however, centered around where Apple was obtaining its transit data …

Amsterdam becomes a 'smart city' with The Things Network

Amsterdam is set to become a ‘connected city,’ with the launch of a new Internet-of-Things wireless network that will allow objects to transmit data between each other – and The Next Web is helping to bring it to life.<p>The Things Network is a first-of-its-kind system that uses low-power, …

Internet of Things

Google seems to be building a version of Maps for kids — whatever that would look like

Late last year, Google announced plans to make some of its most popular products more kid friendly.<p>The company said it wants to revamp entities like YouTube and Chrome to be more "fun and safe for children" over the course of 2015.<p>In February, it released its first new product: YouTube Kids, which …

Google

Nokia sells HERE Maps to BMW, Audi and Daimler

Nokia has sold HERE Maps to a German automotive consortium for 2.8 billion euros (£1.97 billion), in a move the company is describing as the "next …

Use Google Maps to see where you've traveled

Google's new Your Timeline feature shows all the places you've visited, using your smartphone's GPS. Learn how to use to your advantage.<p>Google Maps has been tracking everywhere your phone has gone, and now it's ready to share that data with you, and only you. Using a handy new feature called Your …

Google

National Geographic Thematic Maps Launch in New Google Tool

Google Maps Gallery brings classic cartography online.<p>National Geographic has been producing thematic maps for decades, revealing not just physical features but also location-based details on cultures, history, wildlife, science, and more. Now, a treasure trove of more than 500 of those maps are …

MAP: The Most Popular Beer In Every Country

After publishing our guide to America’s most popular beers, many people asked us to take a look at the rest of the world. Our curiosity piqued, we …

Wine & Spirits

Map Tips: Getting your app production ready with premium Google Maps APIs

Posted by Brad Songer, Google Maps Program Manager<p><i>Editor’s Note: ‘Map Tips’ are designed to answer frequently asked questions about using Google Maps</i> …

Make Your Own Maps: DIY on GIS Day

Today’s the 15th annual GIS Day, “the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives” with over 700 events around the world. For example, in Indiana, drone-heads will collect GIS data with UAVs.<p>WTH is GIS, you ask? GIS stands for Geographic Information …

Google Maps shows what it knows about everywhere you've (ever) been

Google's Location History feature keeps track of the places your mobile device has been (if you opt-in and turn it on) and now you can look back through that data with "Your Timeline." Rolling out on the desktop and Android versions of Google Maps, its gives you an easy-to-navigate look at your …

Google

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

More than you ever wanted to know about GeoJSON

Let’s look at GeoJSON in a little more depth, from the ground up. Understanding these concepts will help you understand geospatial data in general, …

Audi, BMW and Daimler Near Deal to Buy Nokia Mapping Service

Car makers see potential for location-based services to become new revenue stream<p>BERLIN—A group of German auto makers agreed to pay slightly more than €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) for Nokia’s digital mapping service, prevailing over Silicon Valley bidders in a battle for a key enabling technology …

Electric Vehicles

G.I.S. Data -- What Can Maps Do For Your Business?

, NetApp<p><i>This is the first in a 5-part series about GIS: Geographic Information Systems</i><p>This morning, you probably woke up, got in your car, and drove to work.<p>Depending on how much coffee you consumed, this was either an act of auto-pilot or a military-planned, GPS-aided, traffic-jam-avoidance …

GIS

49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies

The United States is mind-boggling. Right?!<p>1. You’ve read <i>National Geographic</i>, you know the USA has a bunch of different climatic zones, but WOW, check this glorious topographic map!<p>‘Murica, you pretty. Also: inland Cali is basically a massive dried-up lake bed right?<p>2. And here’s what the mapped …

Here's How Americans Go to Sleep, in Two Fascinating Maps

Is New York really the city that never sleeps? Is "early to bed, early to rise" a mantra any Americans follow? New data may reveal some interesting …

Follow the world's mass transit on this live map

Sure, it's not hard to learn when your bus is likely to show up, but have you wondered where everyone else's bus is at any given moment? You now have an easy way to find out. GeOps and the University of Freiburg have rolled out TRAVIC (Transit Visualization Client), a map that shows the real-time …

Transit

A new map of the United States showing where same-sex marriage is legal

EVERYWHERE.<p>#lovewins<p><i>* PS: Alaska and Hawaii, too.</i>

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.<p>Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. They’re …

GIS becomes indispensable for managing agriculture

To hear analysts at the Agriculture Department talk, geospatial information systems are moving from being merely useful tools to becoming game …