Headin on down the Virtual Highway – NZ Style

8th April 2010

If you’re already reading this, then you’ve got all the vehicle you need to head on down New Zealands latest highway.

Want to travel virtually through parts of NZ while still sitting in your comfy chair in front of your screen.

You can now do that….well actually you could of for a few months now.

While you were sleeping ZZZZZZZZ, NZ Government Dept – NZ Transport Agency has been quietly gaining some good press with its “Virtual Highway.”

It turns out –  here we are again leading the world in showcasing an applications potential.

What is it?

Well best let the agency explain.

Virtual Highway is a website that provides video images of key travel routes and maps of the New Zealand state highway network. As the video segment plays the corresponding location is shown on a moving map. The user can choose between four different types of maps to view.

Screen – NZ Transport Agency (click for full resolution image)

The above Video / map mashup is from a Nelson – Marlborough trip.

If you might think that the shadow on the video looks like it’s coming from a truck – then you’re not mistaken.

As one method of collection, each year the agencies vehicles – officially termed NZTA road (pavement) survey vehicles, travel the highways of this country to gather data about road conditions.

As an add on to this, they have embarked on this experiment called “Virtual Highway.” They are already out there doing it / collecting the data – so why not take advantage of it.

There are many parts of NZ covered as this map suggest – but I forward that’s its probably a “work in progress” with more data coming on stream as its ready.

Still for a “time-lapse” video trip through different parts of the long white cloud, this is simply great.

So just click on the above map of NZ to be taken to the site and explore to your hearts content.