No doubt we've all used Google Maps to plan a route, whether it was for a road trip or a business meeting. However, Google this week announced a partnership with the UK's Canal and River Trust that aims to help users plan for more relaxing and leisurely routes. Specifically, the search giant will start mapping the UK's rivers and canals in the hope that people will start using them more. According to the Telegraph, Google Maps will be updates to allow users to plan journeys that incorporate locks, bridges and towpaths along the UK's 2,000 miles of river paths.
Canal towpaths offer green routes through our towns and cities, and by working with the Canal and River Trust we're adding towpaths to Google Maps and encouraging people to discover their local waterway," Google UK's geospatial technologist is quoted as saying.
The Register reports that British Waterways will pass its GIS (geographic information system) information, including mapping, statistical analysis and databases, to Google in order to help the search giant with the project. Though Google is getting the GIS data for free, British Waterways told the Register that the partnership would help promote and encourage the use of the waterways.
"We are well aware of the commercial value of the data," the spokesperson said, "but this is consciously a longer term partnership which includes further exciting and beneficial initiatives, details of which will follow in due course."
Google Maps is expected to update to include UK waterways later this year. A more precise timeframe has yet to be revealed.
I think the Department of Defense of each respective country would not have any of that.
It's not a question of 'can do' but of ' national security'.
Let's face it, Google maps etc. are -unfortunately- a Terrorist's dream come true when it comes to the planning stages.
Comes down to what 'essential' liberty is.
In the same way we may insist on our right to get the best and most detailed maps of our and other countries we may find that this may be rather counterproductive.
It's like making the detailed process of how to build a nuclear weapon freely available to everyone because knowledge should be 'free'. Clearly not a good idea in this case.
he was not only a scientist but also an inventor and a statesmen.
he was also not alone in this thought, but has been backed up by presidents such as washington, and jefferson and even eisenhower. all of these people we smarter than most of us and proven so.
yes i understand your concern and arguement, it would only take one psychopath to screw us all, but on that same token has every psychopath shot and killed every one around them?
Never mind how smart or dumb I am...
It seems all YOU have to say is what you Quote from your Idols.
Be a man, have some stones and voice have your own opinions and thoughts!
"Lock" = "A section of a waterway, such as a canal, closed off with gates, in which vessels in transit are raised or lowered by raising or lowering the water level of that section."
"Loch" = "A lake or an arm of the sea similar to a fjord (Gaelic)"
In this case, they are talking about "locks".