Today out on the Building a Smarter Planet blog (http://asmarterplanet.com/), there is a post by Josh Catone from Mashable titled Smarter Transportation: 10 Social Media Tools to Navigate Your City. The post contains Josh’s list of social media sites that can help you plan routes from one location in a city to another. The tools each have their own unique features and benefits….each is different in their own way.
Here is my summary of Josh’s ten top tools.
- Google Maps We all know this tool for driving, but did you know it can help you plan a walking route too? It can also help you find those Starbuck’s along your route. But Google also offers even more features, like real-time traffic conditions.
- Waze Waze specializes in real-time traffic information, collecting that information from it’s users.
- Wayfaring Another Google Maps mashup, Wayfaring focuses on having users share experiences they had during their trip.
- Walk Score For those people really into walking. It tells you how ‘walk-friendly’ your route is going to be.
- MapMyRide For those who love to ride bikes, this helps you preview that next ride. It will even estimate the calories you will burn.
- HopStop If you are into public transportation (trains, buses, subways, etc.) check out this tool.
- Zimride Josh likes this carpooling tool, which is cleverly integrated with Facebook. If you are into carpooling, you might also want to check out iCarpool
- RideCharge This tool helps you pre-book a taxi ride via your mobile device.
- GasBuddy This tool delivers up-to-date gas prices, so you can plan out where to get that tank filled-up along your route.
- FuelFrog This site helps you monitor how your car consumes gas, helping you learn how to reduce your fuel consumption.
For much more discussion of these tools, plus links to others, check out Josh’s post at http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2009/09/smarter-transportation-10-social-media-tools-to-navigate-your-city.html