Thursday, 17 February 2011

Random route generator

I was recently using my thrice-weekly runs to explore a new area and it occured to me that a personal GPS device would be able to calculate a perfect set of routes to get coverage of all the possible routes available when you first start running in a new area. Runners would be told turn left/turn right, just like drivers.

For areas you already know, a random route generator could be used to add variety. Additionally, the user would be able to mark certain stretches as "like" (e.g. a nice path down by a lake) and these be added in more often.

It also occurs to be that the same concept would useful for police patrols: to ensure full coverage; and to prevent criminals predicting where the police will be. The random routes for police could also be modified with crime data, so that hotspots are visited more often.

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