[OSM-talk] Idea: "All town/cities within # hours/minutes of x location"

Thomas Wood grand.edgemaster at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 01:23:22 GMT 2009

How about this?

2009/1/10 Daniel Taylor <daniel.taylor at danielt.com>:
> Hello,
> I've spent the last couple of days on google maps dragging around map
> pins and using the fancy ajax live updating distance/time calculator
> they now have to find locations 3 hours away from a specified location.
> I am looking to move house, but have to take into account commuting
> distance to and from work.
> Using google maps I was able to place a map pin on a work location and
> drag a second pin around (using the nifty 'drag to change the route'
> feature) to a few locations I was considering. Now this is all when and
> good when i know exactly where i want to go, i can check very easily if
> its viable. but... I'm not 100% sure where I want to be, I just want to
> be within 3 hours of my work place.
> So here's the insane idea. Given a specified POI all routes 'outward'
> should be tested until they reach the '# hours' limit, taking into
> account speed limits of course, this would produce a circle (more like a
> 'splat' shape I predict) which when overlayed on a map would show the
> town/cities in reach within # hours driving distance.
> To me it sounds like a perfect google SoC challenge, a student project
> or just a project for some who's a little bored this weekend.
> I think this would be a really cool tool to have, think plenty of people
> would use something like this.
> now... usually when i have ideas someone has already made them into
> reality... hoping that's the case here ;) really need this.
> thoughts?
> thanks
> - daniel
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Thomas Wood

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