Google Maps is generally considered the best online mapping app, and rightly so. Apple Maps’ reputation suffered a serious setback in iOS6 when it started sending people down roads that didn’t exist, and giving you driving directions that landed you in the English Channel. It got to the point where they had to recommend that their users use rival services. Bing’s maps and Mapquest are fine, but they still pale in comparison to Google Maps.
One of the reasons is that lots of people use Google Maps to make “mashups“. A mashup is a map which shows certain information pinned to a geographical location. Here are 5 which we found, which are either useful or just plain interesting.
This map shows the “top 13 creepiest places in the world”. I can personally attest to Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, Scotland, as I have experienced the tour twice, and both times I was genuinely afraid to be there. Maybe it was the darkness, maybe it was the whistling wind, or maybe it was because of everyone cramped together in a small enclosed space. But I felt very sick coming out both times.
Here’s one for all you US fast food fans. Ever wanted to know where all the McDonalds are located? Or Pizza Hut? This mashup shows the location of each fast food restaurant in the US. Which should please this fast-food loving guy :
After your trip to the fast food restaurant, you may need to visit the restroom, to relieve yourself of all that Diet Coke. It seems to only cover the US, even though it has international address listings in its search engine autocomplete.
By clicking on a restroom marked on the map, you can rate it thumbs up or down, as well as leave a comment. If your favourite restroom is not listed, you can submit it for inclusion.
Here are the 31 “most dangerous roads on Earth”, as compiled by the Association for Safe International Road Travel. If you see one that you want to view more of, just click the link to the right, and the map will zoom to the location, with an information box appearing. There doesn’t seem to be any way of submitting a road for inclusion. Maybe email the Association through their website?
As we all know, there are places in the world that suffer from terrible air pollution. Some of which are so bad that the citizens are forced to wear breathing masks over their mouth. This is a map showing the “world’s most polluted cities”, as decided by Time magazine. Clicking on a marker will bring up an information box with the exact location, number of people affected, the type of pollutant, what causes it, and a quote from the Time magazine article.
Which mashups have caught your attention? Let us know all about them in the comments below.