It occurs to me... I would love to be able to watch cross-country trips like this. Take me from New York to San Fran in 10 minutes, maybe skipping over over the really boring monotonous parts? Take me an a tour through Europe! Could be an amazing tool to give people a real physical sense of distance between places.
You mean the entire Midwest?
As a result, he'll often know of "parallel" routes -- or sometimes, routes that are actually more direct than the Interstate. In exchange perhaps for a bit of time and a few stops signs, lights, and towns, he'll take a route that is ten times as scenic.
If you've never seen Iowa in the fall in afternoon sunlight, you don't know what you're missing.
Or winter, for that matter, with the whites, browns, and infinite blue sky. Spring, with the new growth dusting black soil with green. Summer in its extravagance of growth.
Sit down at the counter of a local diner, next to a farmer. You may not agree with all his opinions, but you'll find someone at least as informed and mindful of the news as any urbanite you're likely to meet.
Small town life can sometimes be stifling, socially. And in the midwest, it's been significantly hollowed out particularly of youth, by ongoing socio-economic changes.
But if you're looking, and if you're not -- socially -- stuck there indefinitely, it's not necessarily "boring".
To each his/her own. :-)
I'm also someone who simply enjoys driving. For me, it can become almost meditative.
Cities are largely the same wherever you go - London, Chicago, Sydney - they are all big towers, shops, bars, metro, money flowing around, and so on. It's when you get out into the country that you get a real flavour of a place.
Now, try southern Indiana, around Nashville and Bloomington. It's like a small slice of California, with the rolling hills, pine trees, scenic routes, huge lakes, and awesome liberal atmosphere (home of IU).
I'm so glad I'm here, and not elsewhere in Indiana.
It's not very clear what to do when you land on the page and there's nothing to explain what it does. I wasn't sure what I had to put in for the start and end location. Is just a city name ok? or does it need a full address?
I'd suggest having an example location already selected. That way instead of asking the user to do something they can simply click the play button and immediately see what the app does.
Seems another idea's time has come.
A short clip of the video is available here:
Amusingly, the artist has created another version of the video, now that hyperlapse is available:
The original film, Coorow-Latham Road, is edited and manipulated from screenshots of a Google street view road trip along the length of a road in rural Australia. The camera rotates 180 degrees from forward to backward along the 20 minute trip.
This may be a case where art inspires software, which is an interesting phenomenon in itself, or maybe it's a freak coincidence!
Could have been a coincidence/indicative of a system issue, but not game to try it again!
I assume it's a WebGL problem. My logs are spammed with "kernel: NVDA(OpenGL): Channel exception! exception type = 0xd = GR: SW Notify Error" and "UserEventAgent: Could not get event name for stream/token: com.apple.time/1882: 0x3: No such process"
Here's the shot list in order of appearance:
Hong Kong Tunnel
South Africa Sunset
Apple Valley, California
Manhattan Bridge, NYC