Thursday, December 04, 2014

Drive Me To The Moon

I get a lot of Press Releases on all sorts of things and occasionally I publish them. This one is from Ordnance Survey. I like maps and statistics.

Following news of the government’s £15bn planned road network investment and the announcement that driverless cars are to be tested in four English cities, boffins from Ordnance Survey’s Consultancy and Technical Services team have worked out that if all roads and motorways in Great Britain were grouped together into one landmass, there would more than enough to cover an area the size of Lancashire.

The team, who work with one of the largest geographic databases in the world that is updated over 10,000 times a day, has also worked out that if you drove non-stop, day and night, the entire length of our road network, all 215,490 miles of it, and you travelled at an average speed of 40mph, it will take you 224 and a half days. If you were to attempt this at London’s average speed of 9mph it would take you almost 2 years and 9 months to travel every road in Great Britain. In a driverless car, which has an average speed of 11mph, the journey would take just under 2 years and 3 months.

Ron Andrews, spokesperson for Ordnance Survey, says: “We make over 10,000 changes a day to the geographic database of Great Britain and are looking forward to recording the new roads and the changes to existing ones that are planned.”

Britain only needs to add another 5,363 miles to its road infrastructure to have enough to reach up to the moon when it is at its closest on its elliptical orbit.


1 comment:

  1. Another thing they do at the Ordnance Survey when they time on their hands is to write their names in the cliffs on the Isle of Wight as shown on the Landranger maps.

    Say 'Hello' to: TREV, ROB, MIKE and BILL.