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Useful map software feature. 
22nd-Jul-2009 02:58 pm
slanty, martha
After I tell mapquest or google maps "I'm traveling from A to B", and it tells me "that will take 10 hours", I'd like to be able to ask it "where will I be after 6 hours?" so I can figure out where to get a hotel room. I think I can probably do this with trial and error and waypoints on Google maps, but it would be nice to be able to do it directly.

Has anyone seen this feature?
22nd-Jul-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, of course you can just add up the numbers on the side of the written directions. But it would be cooler if it had a running total.
23rd-Jul-2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I haven't seen a feature of this type, but I'm pretty sure that all Google applications come with a "suggest a feature" section of their help menus. Give it a go.
23rd-Jul-2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
In principle I'd agree with this, but even within Google the prevailing attitude is "don't bother with suggestions or bug reports to maps, nobody ever reads it".

This came up with some subtle but systematic problems with route weighting that I noticed a while ago; here's a quite entertaining reduction of the bug in one affected spot:

directions from #112 to #116 North St., North Reading Mass. (At least as of this writing, they really really don't like this stretch of street. You can go right from 112 to 114 and 114 to 116, but for 112 to 116 they send you around the block for more than a mile.)
23rd-Jul-2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
They've fixed it now, but I used to have a saved map query someone found where the route involved going back and forth on the same street, making over 200 u-turns and going past the destination dozens of times before finally stopping there.
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