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The World As Seen By A Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They will need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific as the number of centimetres to the curb. They will also need to cover millions of kilometres worth of road.


Google Earth's New Satellite Imagery Is So Much Better

Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps’ satellite images would soon be doubled? Well, today we’re seeing the first of those images pop up, and they are indeed a noticeable improvement. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res 3D treatment, but we should see this update rolling out for more cities around the world in 2015.


HERE Beta Will Challenge Your Google Maps Loyalty

Some apps are just the undisputed best at what they do. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine — these are apps that have hardly any fear of competition. I’d even be comfortable putting Google Maps in that esteemed category, if it wasn’t for Nokia’s Here Maps.


14 Maps That Reveal The Hidden Beauty Of Big Cities

In these decades of freely accessible online maps, it’s totally normal to be addicted to what Wikipedia describes as a “symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions and themes” (best Wikipedia definition ever?). And when you are in love with maps, you want them on your wall, don’t you?


There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of the globe.


The Most Detailed Tweet Map Ever Includes 6,341,973,478 Tweets 

If you’ve tweeted in the past 3.5 years, you’re probably on this map. A data artist named Eric Fischer has spent the past few years on the seemingly Sisyphean task of tracking every single geotagged tweet, and he recently posted the final product: A lovely light map of 6.3 billion tweets.


How To Survive When The Internet Fails

Oh crap. Your internet has just gone out and doesn’t seem like it will be coming back anytime soon. First off, don’t panic. Or, wait, maybe you’re supposed to panic? I can never remember these things, lemme Google it real quick. OH CRAP, THE INTERNET IS OUT. Game over, man! Game over! What the hell are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?


Wear Any City You Like With Custom-Printed Map Clothing 

The appeal of maps lies in just how personal they can be. Your childhood street, your first big city apartment, your first house — these are all places we look back on with irrational fondness. There are plenty of stylish maps for your wall, but Monochrome lets you custom-print your favourite place onto tanks, t-shirts and skirts. Show off your ‘hood whenever you go.


These City Maps Are Made Out Of Razor Blades And Mirror Shards

Damien Hirst loves to play provocateur. The artist makes mosaics with pharmaceuticals and sculptures with taxidermy. Now, for his latest series of paintings, he’s depicting cities in conflict. But look closer: What seem like innocent, black-and-white satellite images are crafted out of sharp, dangerous objects.


Apple's Setting Up Shop In The UK To Make Maps

I’m sure there are some benefits in being based in Cupertino, California. But in an effort to build its international presence beyond its home base, Apple is looking to establish a new research and development centre in Cambridge, England.