India: Nokia”s Here location services unit in collaboration with CartoDB, a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualisation engine, has released a web project called Living Cities that visualises traffic in a time-lapsed format over the course of 24 hours, in five different global cities, namely, Mumbai, London, Chicago, Rome and Helsinki.
The project anonymised data collected by the Here platform and shared it with CartoDB which then visualised traffic movement over a period of one month. In Mumbai, it covered 18 million people, 1.8 million vehicles and 1900 km of roads.
The LivingCities map offers two zoom levels giving a close view of major roads and intersections, and points of interest, with the flow of traffic being visualised through moving white light. The map also offers sounds experienced on the roads of the city and statistics and trivia related to the city, its points of interest and traffic patterns that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. The map features a slider for time to toggle view across 24 hours. The colours of the map turn bright and dark in line with the time depicting the outside conditions.