Maps

a rainbow-colored map of the city of AmsterdamMaps
Preserving and empowering LGBTQ+ lives with maps
We often think of maps as tools that help us get from A to B. While that might be one of their most useful functions, maps can be so much more than that — especially for communities that have historically been marginalized and underrepresented.
Aug 25, 2022·7 mins read
Navigation nightmare: How TomTom mapped an airport in three daysMaps
Navigation nightmare: How TomTom mapped an airport in three days
It’s that time of the year again: your holiday has arrived. You’re loading bags into the car ready to head to the airport. You’re excited, but you’ve got a flight to catch, and time is ticking. Sandy beaches and hot sun await but hang on – your navigation isn’t working properly. You’re being led in circles, with no way of knowing how to get to the airport.
Jul 21, 2022·7 mins read
How maps can save connected cars from data outagesMaps
How maps can save connected cars from data outages
Connected cars are promising us a future of safer and less stressful driving. Driver aids built on data, knowledge and information are starting to bring this vision to life. But there’s a problem, what happens when we don’t have a data signal or cellular connection?
Jul 05, 2022·7 mins read
Unlock business insights with traffic data and spatial analysisMaps
Unlock business insights with traffic data and spatial analysis
Spatial analysis is a process where challenges are modeled geographically. These challenges might include evaluating the geographic suitability of locations for site selection, financial investment or transportation infrastructure upgrades. Results of this analysis are computer processed, allowing us to explore the world in a new way. Every business and government body relies on understanding location, so having the best knowledge possible about places is incredibly valuable. From parcel delivery to on-demand food distribution to safe and efficient road travel, knowing the location of origin, destination, and all points in between is crucial.
Jun 07, 2022·3 mins read
How Melissa Data is getting locations rightMaps
How Melissa Data is getting locations right
We see time after time how location data is important to business success. But what happens if location listings are wrong? People can't find the restaurant at the address you provide. Your packages end up getting delivered to your neighbor. Your taxi driver can't find your pickup point. For over 35 years, Melissa Data has been verifying address data, helping to ensure that restaurants are found, packages are delivered properly, and on-demand drivers find their passengers.
Jun 02, 2022·3 mins read
Tactile mapping: Helping the blind find their wayMaps
Tactile mapping: Helping the blind find their way
Tactile mapping is not something most of us will have heard of, but it’s incredibly valuable. It’s used to give blind and visually impaired people an understanding of geography, as well as provide a multisensory format for anyone to learn about the world around them. It’s not talked about enough.
May 19, 2022·11 mins read
Mapping for color blindness: High contrast dedicated color schemesMaps
Mapping for color blindness: High contrast dedicated color schemes
Making maps is a tricky business, reading them can be equally tricky too, especially if you aren’t able to perceive a full spectrum of color. All those fine lines, colors, contrasts and shades can make it difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between road types, features, grid lines, contours and other map features. Thankfully, with more mindful design, we can make maps accessible to everyone.
May 19, 2022·3 mins read
The life of a trucker: What's it like being a professional driver?Maps
The life of a trucker: What's it like being a professional driver?
If there were no truck drivers, grocery store shelves would be empty, gas stations would run out of fuel and our online shopping orders would never arrive. Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a trucker delivers the goods people need.
May 11, 2022·4 mins read
The Boise boom: How mapmakers keep on top of boomtownsMaps
The Boise boom: How mapmakers keep on top of boomtowns
The world is changing by the minute. And, thanks to localized economic development and sudden population growth, some places are changing faster than others. Keeping up with that change isn’t easy.
Apr 28, 2022·9 mins read
The EU is regulating data shared between connected cars, and why that’s a good thingMaps
The EU is regulating data shared between connected cars, and why that’s a good thing
Cars are the new smartphones. As pieces of tech, they have the power to collect immense amounts of data about everything from road features – like surfaces, gradients and signposts – to how they’re driven, by who and even what music is played on journeys. That data comes with an immense value, understandably, everyone wants a slice.
Mar 17, 2022·7 mins read
Meet the trailblazing women that made some of the world’s most important mapsMaps
Meet the trailblazing women that made some of the world’s most important maps
Throughout history, women have so often been relegated to the sidelines: their contributions dismissed as unimportant, or, even worse, attributed to a man. It’s the same story in navigation and mapping. There are many women who helped shape mapmaking but are often ignored in favor of the men who were more freely welcomed into the space. Who were these women? And how did their innovations shape the modern world of mapping and navigation that we know today?
Mar 10, 2022·11 mins read
How TomTom achieved ISO certification in months rather than yearsMaps
How TomTom achieved ISO certification in months rather than years
ISO Certificates set standards for everything from bicycle helmets to the security of information systems like computer networks. The process to obtain ISO certification usually takes years, but for TomTom, it managed to obtain certifications in a matter of months. Here is the story of how the location technology company got its ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate.
Jan 31, 2022·4 mins read
A closer look at TomTom’s privacy policyMaps
A closer look at TomTom’s privacy policy
Privacy is complicated, but it shouldn’t be. If a tech company says that it’s not tracking your location, it shouldn’t be tracking your location at all. If you opt out of being tracked, it’s clear what your intention is; it’s not an invitation for the tech company to find ways around your intention. With the help of a few industry experts, I put TomTom’s approach to privacy under the microscope and found it has a refreshingly unique and progressive approach to data privacy.
Jan 28, 2022·8 mins read
RoadRunner: Instant MapsMaps
RoadRunner: Instant Maps
I’d like to show you something we’ve been working on for some time: RoadRunner.
Jan 14, 2022·2 mins read
What should we expect from the next 12 months of mobility tech?Maps
What should we expect from the next 12 months of mobility tech?
It’s impossible to say what the world would be like now if the coronavirus pandemic hadn’t happened, but it has, and it continues to have a dramatic impact on our lives. This affects the world of mobility, transport and location tech more than most other industries. So much so, it’s challenging how we think about its future.
Dec 23, 2021·11 mins read
LOOP is revolutionizing auto insurance with location dataMaps
LOOP is revolutionizing auto insurance with location data
When it comes to auto insurance, drivers are looking for providers that offer reasonable rates based on fair estimates of risk, but classic insurance models don’t always allow for this. LOOP thinks there is a better way. It uses location data to understand driver behavior and road risk, and offer individualized and fair premiums.
Dec 09, 2021·4 mins read
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