Daily Commutes Visualized With Heat Maps
Trulia's new maps let users dynamically visualize the time it will take to get to work or other places by car or public transit.
- 28 june 2012
Local info site Trulia has launched Commute Map, which lets users dynamically visualize their journey to work. Especially useful for those planning to move to a new area, the interactive and responsive map helps them see commute times to work and other areas by translating the information into a heat map.
The Commute Map is a helpful way to communicate a large amount of information in an easy-to-digest format. It uses transit information and OpenStreetMaps data to produce a visual, color-coded representation of commute times.
Users can specify a start point and then times are calculated in real-time and shown on a heatmap, with green being a short journey, through to red which means it will take over an hour. The commute time can be manipulated using a slider to visualize the places that can be reached quickly or the areas that would take a long time to reach. The Commute Map works for drive times nationwide, and public transit times for cities where data is available.