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Spend more time around the table (not in traffic) this Thanksgiving

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Many Americans will spend next Thursday surrounded by family and friends around a table full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (or whatever your family favorites are). Because traveling for Thanksgiving can be stressful, we looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to identify the best and worst times for your Thanksgiving road trips. And just for fun, we took a peek at the places Google Maps users are most often getting directions to during the holiday week. To look at this a bit more closely, we’ve created an interactive experience where you can explore Thanksgiving trends in your area.


Tips for a traffic-free Turkey Day

Because many of us can’t or don’t take off extra days leading up to Thanksgiving, we looked at last year’s traffic trends the day before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after. As you might expect, Wednesday late afternoon is the busiest time to hit the road, but it’s pretty much smooth sailing the morning of Thanksgiving. So if you can wait until Turkey Day, you might be able to avoid the crowds on the road.


To make your travels as efficient as possible, don’t forget to share your trip with the in-laws so they’ll know exactly when you’ll arrive. And if you forgot the stuffing you promised to bring to the potluck, just search for an open supermarket along your route to quickly pick it up without adding a long detour—you can even see how much time you can expect to spend in the checkout line with our new wait times feature (now available on Google Maps for Android).


When the eating is all over and it’s time to head home, early morning on Saturday or Sunday are your best bets (just make sure to avoid the road when traffic heats up on Friday and Saturday in the late afternoon).

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Trending places over Thanksgiving  

Every family has their unique holiday traditions—like Dad’s dash to the tree lot the day after Thanksgiving. According to historical Google Maps search data, the most popular destinations over the Thanksgiving holiday period are ham shops, outlet malls, tree farms, natural features (think outdoor experiences), and electronics stores.

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When you’re not digging into your food, dig into the Turkey Day traffic and Google Maps search trends for your city in our interactive experience. Happy Thanksgiving!


Spend more time around the table (not in traffic) this Thanksgiving

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Many Americans will spend next Thursday surrounded by family and friends around a table full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (or whatever your family favorites are). Because traveling for Thanksgiving can be stressful, we looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to identify the best and worst times for your Thanksgiving road trips. And just for fun, we took a peek at the places Google Maps users are most often getting directions to during the holiday week. To look at this a bit more closely, we’ve created an interactive experience where you can explore Thanksgiving trends in your area.


Tips for a traffic-free Turkey Day

Because many of us can’t or don’t take off extra days leading up to Thanksgiving, we looked at last year’s traffic trends the day before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after. As you might expect, Wednesday late afternoon is the busiest time to hit the road, but it’s pretty much smooth sailing the morning of Thanksgiving. So if you can wait until Turkey Day, you might be able to avoid the crowds on the road.


To make your travels as efficient as possible, don’t forget to share your trip with the in-laws so they’ll know exactly when you’ll arrive. And if you forgot the stuffing you promised to bring to the potluck, just search for an open supermarket along your route to quickly pick it up without adding a long detour—you can even see how much time you can expect to spend in the checkout line with our new wait times feature (now available on Google Maps for Android).


When the eating is all over and it’s time to head home, early morning on Saturday or Sunday are your best bets (just make sure to avoid the road when traffic heats up on Friday and Saturday in the late afternoon).

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 2.59.30 PM.png

Trending places over Thanksgiving  

Every family has their unique holiday traditions—like Dad’s dash to the tree lot the day after Thanksgiving. According to historical Google Maps search data, the most popular destinations over the Thanksgiving holiday period are ham shops, outlet malls, tree farms, natural features (think outdoor experiences), and electronics stores.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 2.59.09 PM.png

When you’re not digging into your food, dig into the Turkey Day traffic and Google Maps search trends for your city in our interactive experience. Happy Thanksgiving!


World’s First Lidar Integrated Circuit

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  3d modeling autonomous vehicles consumer sensors the industry

LeddarTech claims that the LeddarCore LCA2 is the world’s first LiDAR integrated circuit (IC) enabling rapid high-volume deployment of solid-state 3D LiDARs that meet the automotive industry’s stringent performance, cost and reliability requirements. By integrating a powerful, proven, discrete solid-state … Continue reading

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Maps from The Magicians Trilogy Available

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art fantasy maps fillory maps and literature roland chambers

Roland Chambers is selling limited-edition prints of his maps for Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. Each print costs £100 and is A2-sized (42 × 59.4 cm); only 100 copies of each will be printed. More at The Verge. I’ve admired Chambers’s work for a while: these are fantasy maps that are less derivative and closer to their original source … Continue reading "Maps from The Magicians Trilogy Available"


Drone delivery and American skies

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  amazon drone delivery drones geo news project wing

Four years ago, in December 2013, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos shared with the world his vision of using flying robots to deliver products. “I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” he assured of the service called Amazon Prime Air, even as critics hollered that the announcement was nothing more than a […]

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November 2017 Living Atlas Community Webinar Recording Available

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing apps arcgis enterprise arcgis hub arcgis online

The November 2017 Living Atlas Community Webinar recording is now available! Communities use policy maps to identify issues affecting people and serve as a backdrop to proposed solutions. The best maps about an issue clearly show where things are working well, and where … Continue reading


All We Like Street View Have Gone Astray

Nov 13 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  faroe islands google sheep street view web mapping

It began in the summer of 2016. Faroe Islander Durita Dahl Andreassen started a campaign to get Google to map the islands in Street View by strapping 360-degree cameras onto the backs of grazing sheep and uploading the resulting images. The gambit worked; as of this month, the Faroe Islands are on Street View (The Guardian, … Continue reading "All We Like Street View Have Gone Astray"


Mapping Canada’s War Dead

Nov 11 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  canada conflicts d-day history korean war

Over the past few years, Global News’s Patrick Cain has been producing interactive maps pinpointing the home addresses of Canada’s war dead. Most date from 2013. Toronto’s map covers both World Wars and Korea; Winnipeg’s and Vancouver’s cover World War I alone. This map covers D-Day casualties across the country. This map shows the next-of-kin … Continue reading "Mapping Canada’s War Dead"


A Giant Map of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  big maps canada conflicts education libraries

McMaster University’s Daily News has a piece on a large-scale map of Vimy Ridge—a World War I battle fought by Canadian troops that has since entered the national folklore—that reproduced from McMaster’s extensive collection of trench maps. The map, created by Canadian Geographic and 17 × 13 feet in size, is currently on display in the foyer of … Continue reading "A Giant Map of the Battle of Vimy Ridge"


Podcast: How Indoor Mapping Providers Work

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about data apple maps avf google maps gps

Indoor mapping is being adopted by venues around the world, including airports, malls, universities, and museums. Not only does this help the public navigate large venues, but it also offers venue owners business intelligence by tracking foot traffic. Join @mapgirll and me in a chat about various indoor wayfinding solutions and how the technology works. Click to tweet | […]

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Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS Beta – November Update

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  0.8 beta apps arcgis online beta dashboard

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is an app that monitors assets, events, or activities for ‘at-a-glance’ decision making. It provides key insights about your data on a single screen. The latest beta update now includes the ability to configure interactive dashboards!! … Continue reading


Introductory Lidar FAQ

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  airborne lidar education environmental forestry

WWF-UK has compiled easy-to-read guidelines related to the practical use of LiDAR remote sensing in conservation and ecological research. The main argument behind creating these guidelines was that as vegetation and terrain structure has been known to determine habitat quality, … Continue reading

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Highlights of CityEngine 2017.1

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d 3d gis city modeling cityengine developer

With the new CityEngine 2017.1, we worked hard to bring you new features that will meaningfully impact how you work and take your 3D modeling and planning to a whole new level. Here are just a few highlights of CityEngine … Continue reading


CityEngine 2017.1 release highlights

Nov 10 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d 3d gis city modeling cityengine developer

With the new CityEngine 2017.1, we worked hard to bring you new features that will meaningfully impact how you work and take your 3D modeling and planning to a whole new level. Here are just a few highlights of CityEngine … Continue reading


Getting started with the Image Interpretation (beta) configurable app

Nov 09 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online configurable apps imagery templates

Imagery visualization and interpretation are now available through the new Image Interpretation (beta) configurable app. Check out the Imagery App Intro blog for an overview of the configurable app.  Here, we will provide a brief tutorial to help create and … Continue reading



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