[FoRK] Google Maps

Huisking, Michael mhuisking1 at caiso.com
Wed Feb 9 10:07:36 PST 2005


You forgot to put the notate the horse whiny sound every time you said Blücher!  :)


-----Original Message-----
From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com]On Behalf Of
Jeffrey Kay
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 9:50 AM
To: Stephen D. Williams
Cc: James Walker; fork at xent.com
Subject: Re: [FoRK] Google Maps

NavTeq actually has street maps for much of Europe (according to their 
website), but that's as far as their product line seems to go.  
MapQuest has driving directions for Europe -- 
http://www.mapquest.com/directions/europe.adp. Looks like they license 
from NavTeq also.

Not long ago when I was in Europe, I rode with someone that had a 
satellite navigation system installed. The most amusing thing about it 
was the variety of languages and voices it supported, ranging from your 
standard pleasant female voice to Frau Blücher and Frau Farbissina.  
And let me tell you, when it's time to turn, there's nothing like Frau 
Blücher shouting out the order.

-- jeff

On Feb 9, 2005, at 12:34 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> When the rest of the world has a Census database like Tiger that 
> catalogues everything in a freely available form, then we'll see them 
> added.
> Apparently there is some kind of Mapquest equivalent for Europe, but I 
> couldn't find it before going to France a couple weeks ago.
> It didn't even occur to me to get a rental car with satellite 
> navigation like one of my co-working groupers.  I subconsiously 
> assumed they wouldn't have it available.
> The low standards of every day life (clean water?  roads? cheap, good 
> food? clean air?) tend to make me feel like I'm in a third world 
> country.  I was allergic to the air in Nice and surrounding areas.  
> I'm still getting over bronchitis from the secondary infection from 
> total mucosul revolt from something, starting less then 20 minutes off 
> the plane.  Normally, I have only the slightest reaction to air 
> quality.

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