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June 29, 2005

UPDATED! Google Maps + biking

There are a bunch of interesting Google maps projects going on online. A lot of them are using GPS data to create custom maps. After I found this nice little GPS logger sitting in a cabinet a work a few weeks ago, I couldn't resist.

This is a map of a ride that Nick and I did a couple of weeks ago. I started to GPS a little late and it was also an out and back ride (click the icons). I'm going to work out some fancy way of adding my heart rate monitor and speed data but that is for later! I used 1/10th of the collected points (every 50s).

Google MAP

I would embed it but it causes Movable Type HELL.

UPDATE: It should work in IE and in Firefox

Here is the heart rate, speed and altitude info for the same ride (I think the GPS starts around 10min).

Posted by Alistair Howard at June 29, 2005 11:29 PM


Enn, something is broken.

Posted by: Dave at June 30, 2005 12:06 AM

Very cool Al. Did you figure this out from the recent official API? Love the satellite view, too. You should ride around Montreal and spell things out, or draw a big...banana.

Posted by: Jeff Werner at June 30, 2005 05:22 PM

Dave: It should work now in IE.

Jeff: I spent a couple of evenings over the last few weeks working on this using the Google maps hacks that had been reverse engineered by certain hardcores ( Then, Google released the API and everything became very, very easy. I wrote a small script to grab the GPS coordinates and spew out the javascript. The API is really easy to follow (it has lots of basic examples).

Posted by: Alistair at July 5, 2005 08:15 PM

Tried to see what your place looks like from a satillite, but there is currently a cloud blocking my view.

Posted by: Shawn at July 6, 2005 07:28 PM