Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cool news from Google

This is cool and about cycling! Read here.

It uses an algorithm that partially relies on a city having bike-lanes on roads. I think Calgary is hopelessly behind in this regard, but hopefully Google's new application will still be useful in this city. Another neat aspect of the algorithm is it takes into account gradients, so it tries to avoid steep hills. We racers may think that is wimpy, but for the average Joe on an average old clunker, this is a great addition to the program. I think it is awesome that Google put a few guys on this project even though in North America it may not get a huge amount of use. However, the people that DO use it will probably really appreciate it.

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