FEATURE REQUEST (Automatic Labs): Full featured Google Maps with live tracking for assisting remote driver.

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 I some times assist my wife while she drives around. We currently use Glympse (iPhone app for sharing location), she shares her location while driving and I help her with tips, shortcuts, best places to stop for gas or eat.
Now the best mapping experience comes from Google Maps. It would be nice to have a full featured Google Maps (with places of interest search capabilities, etc) in the Automatic Labs with live tracking of the car.
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Sergio R. Barrera

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Posted 12 months ago

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Derrick S., Official Rep

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Hi Sergio and welcome to the Community!

We really appreciate the suggestion, but unfortunately it is unlikely to happen because we just had to change road data providers and we are no longer using Google Maps. Also we don't have plans to provide real-time tracking on the Web Dashboard. I wish I had better news!
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Matt Farley

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If you know some programming, you can use the automatic real-time API to create your own Google Maps tracker! (I did -- showing mine and my wife's car here)
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Hi Derrick, thanks for the heads up!

Hi Matt! Thanks for the tip! I just found the API documentation. Did you create a browser extension? Can you explain roughly how you did it?
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Sure.. Not a browser extension, but a website that uses the Google Maps API combined with the Automatic Websockets Real-Time API. The web server connects to the Automatic API (Python) and listens for updates. The web server then sends any new events to anyone currently viewing the webpage (via websockets). The Google Maps API is then used by client-side javascript to plot the cars on the map based on the data its receiving from the webserver (which it got from the Automatic API). It's actually not something you can do on your own without proficiency in at least 1-2 programming languages (one for server-side one for client-side). It's very similar to this: https://dashboard.automatic.com/#/
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Thanks for the info! Haven't done much web development beyond a couple scrapers but will consider this project in the future, not much time now.
Thanks again!!
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Hey Matt, you are awesome! 

Sergio, let us know how it works out when you get it done!