Above is an an example of the new track feature in Google Earth 5.2 (released today) showing a bike route to work. You could/can use these new features to do all sorts of great data logging and display.
Visualize your hiking, biking, and running tracks – Google Earth has always been a great tool for viewing your outdoor activities, whether it be hiking, running, biking, skiing, sailing, or just about any other way you choose to explore the world. With the release of Google Earth 5.0, we added the ability to connect your GPS device directly to Google Earth and import your track. Now, with Google Earth 5.2, we’ve added the ability to view elevation, speed, and other data as a graph directly in Google Earth. Just connect your GPS device to upload your track, and select “View Elevation Profile” from the menu. This will bring up elevation and speed graphs. If your GPS device records additional information such as heart rate or cadence, these will also be available to view in the graph. You can also see statistics such as total elevation, maximum slope, and average speed. You can select a portion of your ride and get statistics for just that section.
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Sweet! You used to have to do this by placing a map pin for every gps entry. And adding extra info is a big bonus. In the EV club we’d been talking about wanting to map/log all sorts of things the car was doing and at what point in the journey it happened. Volts,Amps,Power,various temperatures,RPM etc.
Google Earth/maps would help visualise the journey.
It’s been said that EV vendors of a county or city should use it to show prospective commericial EV buyers what sort of range was available in their city. When talking about electric vehicles and range, topology is a big factor.
I haven’t downloaded this version yet. The older versions didnt have very good support for delimited gps info files, like a txt file full of NMEA messages. Anybody know if this has improved?