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Research: Better Data, Better Travel Time Estimates

Thursday, November 8th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

British software developers say satellite data, road and transport timetables are helping to make Internet travel-time searches more accurate.

While most search engines determine travel time based on straight-line, "as the crow flies" distances, that can yield unrealistic estimates of how long a journey will take, they say.

Two firms, iGeolise and Mapumental, say they are working to produce real-world results that are more relevant with, you guessed it, better data. Is that premise true? Do "most search engines" really use crow flies? I do not find that too often...

The two firms are looking to offer a for fee API to the likes of Google, Nokia, etc.

- The Guardian has the full story,  UPI, quoted above does a weak job summarizing

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