cabspotting

About Cabspotting

Cabspotting traces San Francisco's taxi cabs as they travel throughout the Bay Area. The patterns traced by each cab create a living and always-changing map of city life. This map hints at economic, social, and cultural trends that are otherwise invisible. The Exploratorium has invited artists and researchers to use this information to reveal these "Invisible Dynamics."

The core of this project is the Cab Tracker. The Tracker averages the last four hours of cab routes into a ghostly image, and then draws the routes of ten in-progress cab rides over it.

The Time Lapse area of the project reveals time-varying patterns such as rush hour, traffic jams, holidays and unusual events. New projects are produced by the Exploratorium's visiting artists and also created by the larger Cabspotting community.


Start The Cab Tracker.

Cabspotting News

Project Launch! – 04/06/06
We are delighted to announce that the Cabspotting Project is LIVE! Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen - Susan Schwartzenberg and Peter Richards at The Exploratorium, Scott Snibbe, Amy Balkin, and Stamen Design.

Featured Projects

In Transit

In Transit by Amy Balkin
In Transit uses the GPS data trails drawn by cabs as a starting point for looking at the city, and trying to find and make social sense of patterns that emerge visually from the data.

Fly Cab

Fly Cab by Tomas Apodaca
It's easy to imagine a cab's movements around the city - but what if you want to look at patterns over time? This interactive flythrough of one cab's travels over the course of several days adds an extra dimension to your trip.

Brought to you by The Exploratorium, Yellow Cab, and Stamen Design