Animated New York City Taxi GPS Visualization

by Christopher Paul on February 8, 2012

From Vimeo via Flowing Data:

Using GPS data from NYC taxis, a group of Columbia students created this animated heat map where they traveled.

“Taxi! is an analytical model that maps the trip data for 10,000 taxi rides over the course of 24 hours. Geographic location data for the origin and destination of each ride is combined with waypoint data collected from the Google Maps API in order to generate a geographically accurate representation of the trip. We used data from taxi rides originating or ending in the neighborhoods of Lincoln center or Bryant Park. The visualization recreates a ‘breathing’ map of Manhattan based on the migration of vehicles across the city over a period of 24 hours, displaying periods of intensity, density and decreased activity.”

I wonder what it would look like if they were able to account for taxis that departed from or drove to other places besides Lincoln Center and Bryant Park.

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