This Sunday there is a lot to contemplate. A show of different maps is guaranteed to teach you something new and change the way you see the world. Google dives beneath the waves to bring StreetView to the Web. And finally, Fast Company takes a look at business travel of the future.
Maps that will change how you see the world
Sometimes, seeing something on a map will shift your perspective. Sometimes the response is, “Wow, I never knew that!” This collection of maps taken from across the Web do just that, from showing the most-traveled airline routes, McDonald’s across the world, countries with paid maternal leave, where they drive on the left-hand side of the road, highest paid public employees in the USA, and more.
I never knew that the highest paid public employees were athletic coaches (basketball, football and hockey) in 37 out of 50 states. Or how about: the average age of first intercourse in Scandinavia is 15 years old and in the USA, Canada and Russia, it is 18 years old; and I was surprised to see how few countries don’t use the metric system (above). Click through and get lost yourself.
Google StreetView goes under water
We recently explained how Google managed to get StreetView working in Venice, Italy. Now, here is the lowdown on how Google is mapping the Great Barrier Reef. Why? Who knows, but it sure is fascinating.
Google Maps is officially swimming with the fishes: StreetView has partnered with the underwater explorers at the Catlin Seaview Survey to create the world’s first high-resolution, interactive panoramas of our most diverse ecosystem: the ocean.
This partnership evolved out of Google’s World Wonders project (in which this author participated as a presenter), where Google and UNESCO collaborated to showcase World Heritage sites and other efforts to preserve the world’s most unique and treasured places.
The future of business travel
This article takes a look at what business travel will look like in the not-so-distant future. Mobile, compliance games and more interactivity are on tap.
Travel is inherently mobile. This is nothing new. What is new, however, is a mobile-centric approach among technology providers who recognize that end users are more likely to completely bypass web or PC-based technology and opt for mobile access.
Stronger back-end data capabilities and corporate card integrations are helping travelers stay one step ahead by elevating their experience with automatic trip updates and notifications when their respective travel-related card benefits, such as airport lounge access and in-flight Wi-Fi, are available.