The Mobility Map is the ultimate guide to navigating Pittsburgh by way of providing high definition (HD) connected transit information for parking, walking, biking, scooting, rolling or any other imaginable means of getting around town. Mobility maps are made from street-level 3D data, which mean they provide superior detail about your mobility choices over conventional digital maps.
Why a Mobility Map? Navigation apps are truly amazing tools for driving, but are borderline utilitarian for anything beyond. Go ahead, open up your favorite navigation site and route yourself to a destination across town using a non-driving option. Hold that! Before you open up that browser tab, let me first tell you a story about Bob.
Bob used his favorite navigation app to plan a walk from his office on the North Shore to the Strip District for lunch. At a glance, the recommended route seemed a bit odd to Bob as it appeared to direct him along the middle of the street. Bob assumed the app really didn’t intend for him to walk into oncoming traffic so he instead set off along the adjacent sidewalks. What he didn’t expect, however, was the blocked sidewalks along the suggested route. Blocked due to a construction site that happened to be visible in the map data. As much as Bob (and the rest of us) have come to depend on navigation apps, they were never designed to work with anything other than cars.
The Mobility Map solves this and many other interrelated issues. The mobility map itself is not unlike a traditional navigation app, but with a much higher level of detail. Sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, parking spots, and transit locations are captured, located and linked into a high fidelity network of mobility options. This provides the visitor/commuter with true insight for matching their mobility needs with their destination. After all, mobility isn’t just about getting from A to B, but rather enabling everyone with access to everything the city has to offer.
Mobility Maps: Safe routes created for universal mobility.
Imagine for a moment if we all had access to a Mobility Map. The experience of traversing that first and/or last mile of a journey goes from being uncertain to empowering if not exciting. No longer beholden to siloed modes that focus solely on a bus, bike, scooter or car, the Mobility Map offers interoperability to connect the transition points of your trip according to your needs and constraints. Furthermore, it does all this with the real physical world in mind because a route is only as useful as roads, paths and sidewalks allow.
Benefits of the Mobility Map do not end with commuters. Infrastructure owners, city planners, transit authorities and many others will have a view of their assets unlike anything previously available. We could have a world where infrastructure maintenance budgets are developed more accurately, issues are fixed in a more timely manner, infrastructure designs are tuned to match accurate real world conditions, and social equity is better supplied across the city. All of this made possible with better, up-to-date information on local mobility infrastructure.
Is this possible? Absolutely. Much of what is needed to make these maps can be acquired from 3D data and the Allvision team are experts in sourcing and processing it. With backgrounds in robotics, 3D, AI, GIS and CAD, we use the freshest 3D data and magic elves (more like proprietary algorithms, but you really can’t tell the difference) to create amazingly accurate maps of roads and sidewalks.
Example of 3D data (source Kaarta)
Are you in a wheelchair or need to push a stroller on the sidewalk?
Do you know where to go once you have been dropped off or park?
Do we want to encourage more walking, biking and bussing?
Where would you get a digital map of mobility infrastructure to facilitate the design of new, more creative and exciting transit options?
Then why not then try a Mobility Map because while it is hard to say what the City of Tomorrow will look like, it isn’t hard to envision a world full of diverse interconnected mobility alternatives. Seeing as there is already a gamut of options (driving, walking, biking, scooting, rideshare, buses and rail just to name a few), it is clear there exists no single method to solve all needs. As these options increase, as cities grow prosperous, and as more commuters and visitors pack the roads and sidewalks, guidance on the connectivity between mobility methods and information on infrastructure is essential to making it all work.