Microsoft Real Time Maps

Technology Review is reporting on a Microsoft project that would allow map searches in real time. The advanced Microsoft mapping service would use sensors and public input to create up-to-the-minute map searches.

From the article —

Researchers at Microsoft are working on technology that they hope will someday enable people to browse online maps for up-to-the-minute information about local gas prices, traffic flows, restaurant wait times, and more. Eventually, says Suman Nath, a Microsoft researcher who works on the project, which is called SenseWeb, they would like to incorporate the technology into Windows Live Local (formerly Microsoft Virtual Earth), the company’s online mapping platform.

By tracking real-life conditions, which are supplied directly by people or automated sensor equipment, and correlating that data with a searchable map, people could have a better idea of the activities going on in their local areas, says Nath, and make more informed decisions about, for instance, what driving route to take.

The entire article is available @ Microsoft’s Plan to Map the World in Real Time.