Dark Sky for your daily commute to work

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Kristofer™Hunter@kristofertm · #6 Product Hunter. E-Skateboard fanatic
Was driving during rush hour one day and ran into a solid 1 hour traffic jam on a suburban road that is normally free and clear. Turns out a car died in the middle of the road and caused a huge back up b/c no one could get around them. And of course by the time we hit it, it was too late. I realized so many people don't check traffic reports or use GPS when they think they know the best way to get to or get home from work (big cities I think are an exception where checking the traffic report is a must). "Dark Sky for your commute" I thought. What a great idea! Was seconds away from beginning to make some mock-ups and then found out MapQuest already thought this one out :) Looks like it's still in the beginning stages, but I think a great idea regardless. I think this will be a useful tool for people that drive to work.
Tyler Hayes
Tyler Hayes@thetylerhayes · Bebo
1. TIL MapQuest is still a thing. Nice! 2. TIL MapQuest is actively releasing new products. Doublenice! 3. I see how it's a bit different than Google Maps, but the biggest thing this seems to offer is real-time road conditions right? And GMaps already has that. And automatic re-routing. And GMaps knows/learns my home and workplaces
Fabian@fcanas · Developer
@thetylerhayes Both Google and MapQuest have real-time conditions and automatic re-routing. Commute it more like Google Now's commute-based traffic card (which hasn't ever really worked for me) that you can use without buying into a whole ecosystem. Commute is a single-purpose tool that some people might think is less creepy than Google Now. You tell it your commute schedule and whether you want notifications for it vs. Google watching you, figuring it out, and funneling it through Google Now, along with the dozens of other (admittedly useful, but occasionally creepy) things it keeps track of for you. // Full disclosure: I worked for MapQuest and helped build Commute. Though I'm no longer there.