Want to know how technology can help a country in safeguarding its environment? Read this.
“Waypoint” (A netherlands based maps retailer) in partnership with a two year old Belgian startup “Routeyou” (catches my attention for its name similarity with RouteGuru) has created and launched “OnRoute” – the first GPS based bicycle Maps for Netherlands dedicated to the Garmin devices.
The map is based on Tele Atlas streetmap with specific bicycle content after having analysed 200,000 kms of existing bicycle routes. Interesting fact is that one-fifth of the whole road network (approx. 41,000km) is a network of scenic roads, out of which 6000 kms was not there in the Tele Atlas database at all.
As it is obvious that the reasons for developing this map is to promote bicycle use and to make bicycle-use much easier. “The beauty of this device is that it gives preference to the scenic roads and paths to make your journey a soothing experience“. Now isn’t that really cool? Just that only if the landscape is flat, it makes whole lot of sense.
Now not-so-good part – That it costs :). It Costs about €89 and the map data comes as a CD for use in combination with outdoor devices and PC-based Garmin software Mapsource and as pre-installed SD card for use in the Garmin Nuvi. In the Netherlands the SD-version of the map will be distributed by Garmin and target the mass market via retail chains like Halfords, Mediamarkt and ANWB.
Would bicycle maps make sense to Indian sub-continent as well?