To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Google Maps API, Google has decided to hit the road with a tricked-out 1959 General Motors bus that will take members of the Maps team across the country from San Francisco (the site of Google's annual developer event, Google I/O) to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Google's launch of the Maps API along with APIs from other companies like Flickr were some of the major inspirations behind the founding of ProgrammableWeb.com in 2005.
The Maps team also prepared a Web site and a 90 minute animated itinerary and posted it to YouTube.
According to a post on the Google Maps Developer blog:
Code the Road is a road trip across the U.S. to highlight what developers have made possible with the Google Maps APIs. We’re driving our customized 1959 GM tour bus on a 14 stop journey across the U.S. where along the way we’ll meet with developers, bikers, athletes, and even Elmo. We’ll be meeting with some of our youngest fans on Sesame Street to talk about maps and map literacy. And for our final celebration, where better than the place where dreams come true? We’re going to Disney World to share the magic of coding!
So, in an effort to get closer to the action, members of the ProgrammableWeb team decided to stalk the bus as it sat on the corner of 4th and Howard in San Francisco, directly across the street from the Moscone West convention center where Google I/O 2015 is taking place. We took a few pictures to give you a feel for the road trip that lies ahead for the Google Maps developer team.