Driving to Toronto for Search Engine Strategies Again: Search Driving Directions

Apr 17, 2006 • 3:38 pm | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Conferences Coverage
 

Last year I decided to drive from my office to SES Toronto 2005. So, I figured I do it again, since the 7 or so hour drive, wasn't so bad. It will be my last "road trip" before I get married, so I figured I go with one of my friends. I will be using my GPS device in my car to navigate my way to the hotel, but I figured I would test out the various search engines mapping technologies.

I find it interesting that Yahoo! and Ask.com are only about a minute off in total time to destination. But Google's directions estimate about two hours longer. Even Yahoo Maps beta is 30 minutes longer than Yahoo Maps non-beta.

  • Yahoo estimates 468.4 miles with an approximate drive time of 7 hours and 12 minutes.
  • Yahoo New Maps estimates 470.3 miles with an approximate drive time of 7 hours and 48 minutes.
  • Google Maps estimates 468 miles with an approximate drive time of 9 hours and 7 minutes.
  • Ask Maps estimates 494.8 miles with an approximate drive time of 7 hours 11 minutes.

The main difference is that Ask.com's directions pretty much keeps you on the NYS Thruway the whole time, whereas the others want you to take Route 17. Last time my GPS wanted me to get on Route 17, but I opted for NYS Thruway - maybe Ill take 17 this time.

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Comments:

Dave Forde

04/18/2006 01:34 am

Rusty - Not sure when exactly you'll be getting into town, but let me know if you wanted to grab a beer. I can round up some additional marketers, SEO folk and we could have a good chat. No need to post this, I just couldn't find your email address - you can hit me back @ my email. Dave

offStump

04/18/2006 09:50 am

Did you look at the estimates from Microsoft’s new maps at local.live.com? http://local.live.com/?v=2&rtp=pos.41.118999_-74.113761_2%20Executive%20Blvd%2c%20Suffern%2c%20NY%2010901~pos.43.644533_-79.385882_225%20Front%20St%20W%2c%20Toronto%20ON

Barry Schwartz

04/18/2006 11:09 am

offStump, thing is, it doesn't render in my browser - Safari. Dave my email is listed on the authors page. Thanks for that. :)

chrisboggs

04/18/2006 03:29 pm

haha Google's "Do no Evil" mantra must extend to obeying all posted speeds...

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