Accurate travel times and distances

Arbiter should calculate accurate travel times and distances based on the time of day of the game and the exact departure location and game location.

  • Harold Buck
  • Nov 2 2021
  • Already exists
First name Harold
Last name Buck
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Currently, Arbiter calculates distances based on zip code to zip code. Those distances are not terribly inaccurate in metro areas with small zip codes, but the farther you get from the city, the less accurate they can be. Zip codes can cover up to 10,000 square miles.

In addition, Arbiter is set to calculate travel times based entirely on a single speed that all officials can travel at all the time. The travel time from Minneapolis to Northfield on a weeknight at rush hour is probably double the travel time from Northfield to Minneapolis, and both are going to be less on a weekend than a weeknight.

The information is out there to calculate accurate travel times and distances, even well into the future, through Google Maps. Google Maps can predict travel times based on expected traffic depending on when you intend to leave given the departure and destination addresses. It would probably be some work to integrate it, but it would make the system so much more accurate for travel times (and also for travel fees).

Needed by Yesterday (let's go already)
Organization Northland Lacrosse Officials Association
Category Resources
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