Google Walk

No it is not the swagger of a recently bought out start-up founder, it is the very cool new feature google map just threw in.

Normally, when you get directions on google maps it assumes you are in a car, so shows you the fastest route as if you are driving. This means that it takes detours around one way roads and the like.

Now, there is a “walking” function so google maps computes the fastest route as though you are on foot. Very cool. Now, what would be really nice is if it “balanced” distance with vertical height so you could pick the flattest walking route. I tend to gravitate to railway tracks. Cool thing about railways is that they can never exceed a 3.5 degree grade (or so I read somewhere once) so I always like walking tracks cause it means I know I’ll never hit too steep a hill.

Very excited to try this feature out. For an avid walker like me having this feature in my blackberry is key. Very psyched.

H/T to Jeremy V for emailing me the link.

5 thoughts on “Google Walk

  1. Jeremy Vernon

    FYI: The ruling gradient (the steepest part of a stretch of track between two stations) isn’t fixed, however the tonnage capacity of a train is inversely related to the severity of the ruling gradient. (Also, curved track is more likely to be more level than straight)

    So look for trains or tracks with large, heavy loads for the most level paths.

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  2. Jeremy Vernon

    FYI: The ruling gradient (the steepest part of a stretch of track between two stations) isn’t fixed, however the tonnage capacity of a train is inversely related to the severity of the ruling gradient. (Also, curved track is more likely to be more level than straight)So look for trains or tracks with large, heavy loads for the most level paths.

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  3. stevenmartinez

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    The ruling gradient the steepest part of a stretch of track between two stations isn't fixed, however the tonnage capacity of a train is inversely related to the severity of the ruling gradient.

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