Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Great map Debate

I'm getting directions for my impending Florida vacation, from somewhere near Chicago to an undisclosed local in florida. Here are my mileage and time estimates from the various map engines available:

Google Maps: 920 mi (about 18 hours 25 mins)

MapQuest: Est. Time: 14 hours, 31 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 873.45 miles

MSN Maps: Total distance: 920.7 mi
Estimated time: 14 Hours, 54 Minutes

Yahoo Maps: 922.1mi 14hrs 38 Minutes

Rand McNally:
EST. DRIVE TIME: 15 hours, 30 minutes
EST. DISTANCE: 911 miles

My boss observes that only huge dorks would be bothered by this. But I am bothered by it.


AliceAyres said...

There's only really one solution to this: pick the one with the shortest route and fastest time.

That way, you'll get there faster and in less time.

Because it says so.

Keith_Indy said...

Revel in your dorkiness...

We are looking to buy a new house, and often map a prospective house. 3 different mapping services, 3 different answers as to where the house is. That certainly bothers me a bit.

I tend to plan my trips by hand.