Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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Neat UK Google Maps hacks...

I've recently come across a couple of decent hacks of the UK Google Maps, written using tools from the service (isn't it wonderful when you can have an API to your national broadcasting company?). Using traffic information from the BBC they add additional live information to Google's service that wouldn't normally be there.

And of course they're nifty bits of AJAX work, too...

The first hack, Traveldata, takes a feed of the BBC's traffic reports and overlays the alert locations on a map of the UK. You can zoom in, see what reports are relevant to your journey, then click on an alert icon to see just what is happening.

The second, from gMaptrack, links a map of London with the BBC's Jam Cam feeds from various London traffic cameras. Just click on a location to get a pop-up view of where the camera is currently pointing. When I was trying it out the camera on Victoria embankment seemed to be looking at a tree...

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