[Roadster] Status & Roadmap
bronson at rinspin.com
Sun Sep 9 01:39:00 PDT 2007
I am stoked to see Roadster showing a bit of action. Way to go Jeff!
On 9/8/07, Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org> wrote:
> * New "database". I think using a general-purpose database like
> MySQL probably made it easier to get started, but I think its the
> wrong thing going forward long-term, (in terms of both storage
> requirements and performance). I don't know if any existing
> project has a good start on something appropriate yet.
Carl, didn't you (or somebody) come up with a strong database
specification a year or two ago?
> * Keep things light enough for a small, embedded device. The neo1973
> with integrated GPS looks _really_ interesting here, (especially
> if free-software drivers for the GPS appear).
Totally agreed. I'll buy one the instant they get that GPS working well.
> * Of course, routing computation would be really useful. Getting
> sufficient data is the hardest part, (how much does TIGER have
> with respect to connections, one-way streets, illegal turns, speed
> limits, etc?. anything?).
Not really. I played around with routing via Tiger when I was living
in Boston (admittedly, one of the more difficult American cities to
route) and found utter failure. Wrong way down one-way streets,
jumping from highway to city streets without an exit, ignoring
expressways, taking very roundabout paths, etc. It was dismal.
http://openstreetmap.org would be an excellent, collaborative way to
fix this but it will take a *long* time and there seems to be very
little interest in the U.S. (incidentally, what database format does
I was toying with the idea of writing a program that would find
identical routes on any of the big maps (Google, Yahoo, etc -- they
all use Navteq) and Tiger to find specific areas where Tiger is
deficient. Tempting, but I'd probably have to keep it on the DL since
-- even if I only used the results to show areas that need to be fixed
and didn't copy any data -- it probably violates their acceptable use
policies. And, given my time lately, there's not much danger of my
ever getting around to this. *sigh*
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