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The age of human exploration is behind us. Machines will take it from here

The age of human exploration is behind us. Machines will take it from here

Robots can see things and explore places that humans will never be able to

Google Maps for iOS and Android is getting a makeover

Google Maps was launched 15 years ago this week (in beta, of course). Not surprisingly, Google is using this as an opportunity to launch a few new updates to its massive mapping service. For starters,
Apple’s new maps are finally available across the U.S.

Apple’s new maps are finally available across the U.S.

Apple just announced that its rollout of new map data to the United States is complete. The new maps have been rolling out to the U.S. in waves, starting with northern California in 2018 and
How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist

How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist

Workers from Switzerland-based Medair use clipboards, cell phones, and GIS software to locate informal settlements of Syrian refugees across Lebanon.
Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Although matters have been quieter on that front, Huawei remains barred from accessing many US products critical to its smartphone business. It hasn’t stopped trying to look for key apps and services
Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Although matters have been quieter on that front, Huawei remains barred from accessing many US products critical to its smartphone business. It hasn’t stopped trying to look for key apps and services
Intel uses AI and satellite imagery to help the Red Cross map vulnerable locales

Intel uses AI and satellite imagery to help the Red Cross map vulnerable locales

Intel partnered with the Red Cross to contribute AI technology to the Missing Maps project, with the goal of expediting the mapping process.
HERE adds two big investors on road to Reality Index mapping

HERE adds two big investors on road to Reality Index mapping

Mapping specialist HERE has found itself two new investors, with current investors including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes shuffling to accommodate Mitsubishi and NTT. Formerly known as Navteq, HERE was
HERE adds two big investors on road to Reality Index mapping

HERE adds two big investors on road to Reality Index mapping

Mapping specialist HERE has found itself two new investors, with current investors including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes shuffling to accommodate Mitsubishi and NTT. Formerly known as Navteq, HERE was

Google Earth's new creation tools help you tell stories

Google Earth offered community tour-building features for a while, but the attention shifted to professional "Voyager" stories after the big redesign in 2017. Now, however, Google is swinging its
The new Apple Maps expands to the West and parts of the Midwest

The new Apple Maps expands to the West and parts of the Midwest

In the summer of 2018, Apple announced a dramatic overhaul of its mapping data. Not necessarily the Maps app (though that got a lot of new features in iOS 13), but the underlying data detailing the

MIT and Ford help delivery robots navigate to your doorstep

In order for delivery robots to drop your takeout, package or meal-kit at the door, they'll need to be able to find the door. In most cases, that requires mapping a location in advance so that the
2019 Was a Year Full Of Surprising Encounters With Bears All Around The US

2019 Was a Year Full Of Surprising Encounters With Bears All Around The US

It's Wild Out There!As humans continue to take up more and more space, bears encounters are becoming more common, with the animals venturing out of the woods into more civilized areas, often in search

Waymo cars will start mapping streets in Los Angeles

Waymo might just expand its self-driving car service to southern California... eventually. The Alphabet company's cars will start mapping some Los Angeles streets this week to explore the possibility
Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance

Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance

The work of designers, artists, cartographers, geographers, researchers and activists who create diagrams to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo
Real-time maps warn Hong Kong protesters of water cannons and riot police

Real-time maps warn Hong Kong protesters of water cannons and riot police

Volunteer-created and crowdsourced, these help protesters and bystanders alike navigate fast-changing and often chaotic situations.
China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu

China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu

As China embarks on a campaign of "national map" awareness, it's worth remembering a positively Freudian slip-up in a past depiction of national territory.
Why Does Darpa Need a Huge Underground Facility by Friday?

Why Does Darpa Need a Huge Underground Facility by Friday?

Darpa is often described as the “mad science” wing of the Defense Department. They’re the ones who have a history of working on cutting edge technology for the military like virtual fences, disaster
Describe Your Location Anywhere With 'What3Words'

Describe Your Location Anywhere With 'What3Words'

If you’re at a house or business, it’s easy enough to communicate where you are: just give an address or a google-able name. But if you’re trying to meet someone at their blanket on the beach, or
How to use Google Maps’ re-routing option on the iPhone

How to use Google Maps’ re-routing option on the iPhone

I use my phone constantly for directions, as I’m sure millions of drivers do. And one of the primary situation I and others run into is that the chosen route turns out to be a bad one due to traffic,