Viewed over time, the routes taken by taxis in San Francisco ebb and flow, revealing patterns of movement out of and into downtown and outlying areas. By viewing the Cabspotting data in this way, the city comes alive. The rhythms of commuters, airport arrivals, traffic jams, accidents, and special events become patterns which bear a strange resemblance to circulatory systems in our own bodies.
We will continue to post new animations periodically as our team and contributing artists work with the growing data set. Contact us if you would like access to the underlying data or have suggestions for other timelapse visualizations you may be interested in seeing.