The long reign of Google Maps might be at risk. In the last months the mapping industry is experiencing changes in which companies like OpenStreetMap or Mapbox are starting to play an important role. Mapbox tools are powering apps like Foursquare or the interactive maps on the United Nations Development Program’s website, while basemaps are provided by organizations like OpenStreetMaps. The choice of this other options does not only have economic reasons, but also the limitations drawed around the use of Google maps become a determinant factor.
Image: 2015 Copenhagenize Index.
Copenhagenize Design Company prepares this ranking every two years according to various factors related to the cyclist mode. In 2015, a total number of 122 cities were evaluated. The presence of a large number of European cities adapted to the bicycle is significant compared to the number of their American or Asian counterparts. The classification takes into account various factors such as biker culture, existing infrastructure, perceived safety, social acceptance and political measures aimed at promoting the use of bicycles. In the case of Spain, Sevilla and Barcelona stand in the tenth and eleventh places respectively.
Image: Augmented reality allows the location of bus stops through the app “Mi transporte”.
“Mi transporte” means the integration of data from 40 operators providing public transport in the region. This new “app” unites all the public transport real time information in a single application for mobile devices, whether smartphone or tablet. Using it, passengers can know what it is the nearest stop or station to your position and how long will it take for the next service to arrive. The “app” has been co-financed by the Regional Transport Authority of Madrid and by European funds managed by the Ministry of Economy.
Image: ·Electric bus in Prague. Source: Twitter, @MyPrague
Prague has incorporated 100% electric buses to its fleet during this month. In August the first tests were conducted in order to verify the operational, technical and economic parameters of the vehicles. The introduction of these buses to the public transport fleet in Prague is part of a project by DDP (the public transport authority in Prague), the manufacturer SOR Libchavy bus and electrical engineers Cegelec. The service will be trialled for one year, after which the extension of the vehicles to other areas of the region will be considered.