As the creator of Dream Catalogue once wrote:
"I spent a lot of 2013 listening to spacey drum & bass mixes while watching Hong Kong and Tokyo night driving videos on YouTube and drinking beer, just because the combination of it all created such a weird feeling I have never experienced before."
I love these kinds of videos. Pairing it with a local radio station gives me the kind of feeling that you get whenever you first arrive in a new city.
You're gawking out of the window of the taxi/bus/train as the city and landscape goes whizzing past. Just drinking it allll in
In those moments you feel there is a whole world of opportunity that awaits you. You don't know what you'll find there. You get lost going over the possibilities that await. Will you find friendship? Opportunities? Love? Enlightenment? Anything could happen.
But in that moment, those are all just possibilities. So you sit. And you watch. And you think.
And then you snap back to reality when you reach your destination. You step outside, are briefly assaulted by the heat and moisture - or lack of it - and sometimes you see or smell things you've never encountered before.
You blink, breathe in, and take your first steps in this new place that you will be calling home.
BIG ups to the developer. And I would GLADLY pay to not have ads and popups in this experience so do consider a paid or subscription model.
Slightly different vibe, equally free of charge, feedback always welcome :)
Have you considered the ability to 'share' a spotify playlist & the users are given a random playlist from the global list each time they load?
That isn't to say I didn't enjoy the playlist you've provided!
Spotify does have a developer API that might allow what you're talking about, but I haven't looked too closely at it yet.
Either way, the app is awesome with or without any music features - it's not exactly a hassle to play my own music! Only mentioned it due to the theme of OP.
Will keep watching updates!
If you look at the different architecture, you might be able to figure out roughly where you are, but you would also be able to tell WHEN you with similar accuracy.
While the US has a stupidly bad infrastructure in its main cities (no public transportation, airports are worse than third-world, mobile internet sucks, etc...) it's way ahead in terms of infrastructure for the neighborhoods.
(the future was there, it just wasn't evenly distributed yet)
 Jane Jacob's "The Economy of Cities" argues that cities resembling each other has been true for at least 5'000 years.
The addition of the radio station just makes it feel that much more immersive.
The Stockholm one seems randomised, but the London one only has one video, quite odd.
* I chose 'Berlin' and when I selected the 'street noise' it played music. Viewing the video, I see the YouTube video has music rather than street sounds, so selecting videos that have actual street sounds might be good.
* I would like a 'night' mode where I can toggle whether I'm driving around in the day or night. Bonus points for different weather (I would prefer rain or overcast personally).
* It would be great to have a 360/VR video to be able to scroll around or use in VR.
Do you run into any licensing issues with the radio or video? I didn't see any free/libre licenses on the YouTube videos so presumably you're a take-down notice away from not being able to use these videos.
If the videos are being embedded from YouTube (as they appear to be), then there are potentially two different concerns here:
1. Whether the video owner is okay with their content being shown on another site. This is already controllable via whether they choose to enable embedding or not, and the YouTube TOS talk about licensing for embeds, so this seems okay. https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms#fb098d3e34
2. Whether the embedding is being done in compliance with the YouTube API Terms of Service. There could be some issues here. https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms/api-services-ter... ; https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms/required-minimum... (see "Overlays" section).
Notice the "Buy me a coffee" link. Is this considered "for profit" now? This person is asking for donations and is effectively monetizing the videos, at least is a very weak sense.
And thanks for that 'overlays' link. It's clear these types of sites only exist at the discretion of YouTube. That's unfortunate and all the more reason to try to enrich the commons with more CC0/CC-BY/CC-BY-SA work.
Having this in VR with a proper set of headphones on would be sublime.
Really enjoyed this as is, although it has made me very homesick.
Could you do more to add rap stations? I love the site, just think it still has a few oversights and blind spots for some cities and genres.
I'd hate foreigners to think that's what LA is like, not by a long shot. Driving through LA is a lot more like driving through a huge industrial area with a small metropolitan ultra-lux oasis every few miles.
If someone wants to get the real feel for Los Angeles, in my opinion of course, jump on Google Earth, start at El Segundo and Crenshaw Blvd. and 'drive' south until you hit San Pedro.
THAT's a true Los Angeles drive. (imo, of course).
For an even fuller 'California' experience, drive up PCH afterwards and have dinner on the coast somewhere nice.
That was my first time in the US. Getting behind the wheel to drive through the dark, narrow streets at dusk only brought memories from crime TV shows, where bad things are guaranteed in such places.
To my relief, only good things happened :)
Also the crazy people yelling.
It's just jarring how close the inequality is, it can be both extremes on the same street.
It's also wholly outside the Los Angeles city limits
My requests would be:
Bali, Jakarta, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cairo, Adis Ababa, Lima, Bogota, Trinidad, Kingston, Puerto Rico
Reminds me of the Truck Simulator games that had support for streaming local stations over Internet radio in game.
A minor fix would be to prevent the audio tracks from restarting at the beginning. Instead, start from a random point, or resume from the last location. Considering the video appears to be crowdsourced, it might also help to include a "suggest video" function.
With that being said, I hope I never have to give up this flexible remote working setup we all find ourselves in. Not until driving is more automated and efficient. The feelings of being in virtual traffic still makes me cringe and irrationally angry when someone cuts me off.
I remember a 24/7 livestream that ran on Youtube some time ago that only played drive-throughs of Tokyo videos while cheesy 80s japanese city-pop played in the background. It was pretty fun, but of course it was shut down, probably because of copyright. I miss it, but this is a valid replacement. Thank you!
EDIT: I did notice that some switches didn't correctly switch some of the channels. I was in Antalya and definitely listening to some American channel and the same for Bombay because I am confident no one there talks about possums and drywall :D
EDIT 2: Also, lots of Turkey. Loving it.
My only feedback would be that the white noise in between radio station and city changes is jarringly loud, and I'd love to see more locations!
I noticed that if I try to change stations in Seoul (track forward or track backwards) that part of the interface freezes with a "loading..." message.
Tiny bug, probably easy fix.
Such a great experience overall. If you plan to keep building it up, would love even more cities, even "boring" ones, if adding them could be pretty well automated. Synching the time of the video to the time in that place would be an amazing feature, but would probably involve a lot of tagging, and not sure if there's that much content out there. Keyboard shortcuts, including one to hop to a new random city would be nice. (I guess ctrl+r technically does that already...).
EDIT: There's a whole genre of 4k city flyover videos with drones on YouTube too. I know it's off concept, but that might be worth remixing in a similar way (assuming you could give credit and get traffic back to the original producers).
For background atmospherics, I sometimes enjoy listening to emergency scanner traffic on some of the sites that aggregate it from the big cities. Amazing to listen to the dispatcher flows in Chicago, for example. Non stop.
Even if landscapes are very urban, I like this feeling of driving that I don't really have anymore since I'm living in Paris. I'm often playing to Euro Truck Simulator just for getting out of the narrow streets and watching the horizon.
If you like videos like this, I recommend you this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3HAx-5XIRrWzpFziOQY0Q
The highways, the acceleration effect, and the acid jazz music will give Ridge Racer memories to some of you!
Fantastic project, works really well, almost too well!
I'd like to see some sort of mash-up between it and radio.garden.
One suggestion: looks like the radio stations for Beijing could use some alternatives. I only see 2 options, 1 for "Alxa Mongolian" and "BinChow". BinChow appears to be a Taiwanese radio station, and the Mongolian one appears to be speaking Mongolian.
Example video URL (the controls=0, showinfo=0 and playsinline=1 play a role in this):
But I always wanted to just get into the mood of Paris or NY or Havana or Tokyo when I hop on bicycle or motorcycle. And would love if You had a version with just stations and list of cities like this.
I wonder why it's deployed to Heroku. Isn't it just static html/css/js?
Unrelated: How do you search for old HN posts when you can't think of exact keywords?
news.ycombinator.com your search term
Also if you google for hn search there are some sites.
(Also, 50 different cities and a couple stations for each? That's no small amount of work!)
Also, I think the bike/moped driver in Wuhan runs a red about a minute or two in!
My first thought was to visit all the places I've traveled to that I love.
Enjoying it a lot.
Feels like being in a local taxi again, and it's jogging all kinds of memories, what a great experience.
Otherwise, this is very, very cool. Thank you to the author.
Congratulations for the great work!
I would love to see this for every city.
Immediately closed. Disappointing.
Once upon a time you asked people for their permission before you took their photo; much less before you posted it somewhere for the world to see.
EDIT: The videos are from popular Youtube videos, so the footage is already public (though I still can't help feeling like it's propagating a problem).
A map would be awesome, but I realize that data probably isn't easily available.
Beautiful project, love this!
However, at least for European cities you'll run into trouble regarding GDPR, if you do not mask out the license plates :
"An easy example of information that could be used to indirectly identify someone is an individual’s license plate number. The police (a third party) can quickly match a name to a license plate number."
At least here in Germany, there has been one case where a Youtuber got a fine because of showing license plates in his videos . And because your website is accessible in the European Union, these rules apply.
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFBrgJIkDwI [Obv. german source, sorry]
Makes me want to do a version where the video has a filter applied to it to make it more ethereal..