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Extra transit information and fare prices are now included in Google Maps APIs, bringing increased API functionality previously only accessible from the Google Maps Android app.
Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, once said, "Now, you're either on the bus or off the bus." You may no longer be on the bus... but wouldn't it be nice to know that your child was? Seventh grader S. Arjun from Velammal Vidyashram, Surapet in Chennai, India, is definitely on it, having won the MIT App Inventor contest in the K-8 division, for his Ez School Bus Locator.
Sometimes the best mashups are the simplest ones. Those mashups that do one thing and do it well. We like to think of those mashups as tools and today we're going to take a look at some of the most recent ones that caught our attention. Many of these mashups take advantage of Google's large collection of APIs such as GoogleMaps and GoogleChart. See below and maybe you'll find that perfect tool.
The Google Maps API naturally has a rich history on ProgrammableWeb. Over the last year or so, Google has released additional maps-related APIs as separate services. One of the latest ones is the Google Distance Matrix API. This allows a developer to submit a matrix of locations, as origins and destinations, and get a list of the distances in return.