Mapping Technologies

Gadgets surround us all the time. Sometimes, gadgets can become distracting while on the roadways, and can hinder our ability to make smart driving decisions.

There are common devices, like bluetooth capabilities, and GPS systems that allow us to navigate the roadways, and connect to the outside world at the same time. These advances have proven to reduce roadway hazards, and allow the driver to stay in touch with friends and family members.

Technology and Maps

Newer technologies that keep our focus off of our devices, and on the roadways have proven to be successful with the progression of society. They have helped us to cut down on distractions, and enable the driver to keep his or her car safe while on the roadways.

There are less common ways that drivers can become safer on the roadways, without the use of sophisticated devices that might be costly to the consumer. One of the best, but older ways we can educate others is to spread the word about findings that we encounter, and tools we have personally used that have benefited our abilities to make informed decisions.

Maps are one of the oldest forms of navigation. With their use, traveling to new destinations has been made much easier. With new technology, maps have been diversified to become more dynamic and include visual aids to better illustrate lessons that must be learned.

One recent way that maps have been utilized through technology advancements is the pinpointing of crash locations. Through different coding methods, drivers have been introduced to maps, such as this Wisconsin driving map, that illustrate some of the most dangerous roadways in various areas of the world. Regardless if you are a  visual learner or not, advancements like these have proven to be successful for reducing roadway accidents. Learning about the most dangerous areas in your city or town to commute can help to keep your family, as well as other motorists safer while on the roads.

Maps off the Road

Other maps have been created using similar technology, like routing areas off the roadways that are best for biking or walking. Athletes often use pinpointed maps to find their location on running trails, or track the amount of miles they have run during their workout. Though these maps have different purposes than a driving map, they include the same types of technology to make our world smarter, and more sophisticated.

Technology has also proven that we can map different elevation levels we may be situated in. For hikers, and rock climbers, newer advancements have allowed for determining the height above sea level a climber may be, which is especially useful during a mountain trip. Determining your exact area, and location can help for planning temperature modifications and elevation changes that can affect one's health.

What are some of the greatest advancements in mapping that you have encountered?
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