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GPS Playback

A proof-of-concept for playback of archived GPS bus records on a map.

See it live: https://answerquest.github.io/GPSPlayback/

screenshot

Sample data from Hyderabad Bus GPS data.

Full script is in index.html

Uses Leaflet plugin Leaflet.Playback

Note: Limiting the total number of buses being loaded to 200; my page was crashing beyond that. Change const buslimit = 150 at the start of the script to change that. The CSV file itself (hydgps.csv) has over 260 buses' data.

Data received from Srinivas, Hyderabad.
Code by Nikhil, Pune.
both from DataMeet Community, http://datameet.org

Do you have GPS data you want to visualize? Contact Nikhil on nikhil.js [at] gmail.com .

Like this work? Want to see more of it? Click here to contribute!

How it works

The input raw data is in this CSV format:

id,latitude,longitude,vehicle,time,busnum,status,time2,col,detail,bustype
1047,17.410196,78.488861,AP07Z4008,2017-11-19 11:45:44,71,Late,19/11/2017 11:45:32,29,60 Mtrs from ASHOK NAGAR X ROAD,DELUXE
1047,17.410196,78.488861,AP07Z4008,2017-11-19 11:45:47,71,Late,19/11/2017 11:45:32,29,60 Mtrs from ASHOK NAGAR X ROAD,DELUXE
1047,17.410196,78.488861,AP07Z4008,2017-11-19 11:45:48,71,Late,19/11/2017 11:45:32,29,60 Mtrs from ASHOK NAGAR X ROAD,DELUXE

The plugin needs a customized GeoJSON per bus, in this format:

{
  "type": "Feature",
  "geometry": {
    "type": "MultiPoint",
    "coordinates": [
      [
        78.464539,
        17.404537
      ],
      [
        78.464539,
        17.404537
      ],
      ...
      [
        78.464539,
        17.404537
      ]
    ]
  },
  "properties": {
    "name": "Bus num: 57 - Default <br>Vehicle no.AP11Z7274, type: AC",
    "time": [
      1511072144000,
      1511072147000,
      1511072148000,
      1511072150000,
      ...
      1511072266000
    ],
    "id": "1118",
    "vehicle": "AP11Z7274",
    "busnum": "57 - Default ",
    ...
  }
}

The "time" array is key here. It carries timestamps corresponding to the lat-long co-ordinates array, in EPOCH format. Regular GPX to GeoJSON / CSV to GeoJSON converters online do not encode this time information in this way. Hence a function had to be built for this.

Function csv2busJSON

  • takes the CSV path,
  • imports it using Papa.parse,
  • extracts a unique list of buses by id,
  • separates the CSV data by bus,
  • converts it into the required GeoJSON format,
  • creates an array of bus jsons,
  • and passes the array to the mapping function.