New map website lets you drone around the world



A clever Swiss drone fan, Jan Hiersemenzel has launched a new website dedicated to serving up drone videos from around the world.

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Developer Jan Hiersemenzel launched TravelByDrone.com in April to give everyone a drone’s-eye view of the world. The site is basically a database of YouTube videos that users upload and pin to a location on an interactive Google Map.

Jan is a bit of a drone geek and has worked with drone aerial videography for over a year now. He has made and watched hundreds of videos and decided to organize all the best videos based on location.

“I remember when [Google] Street View came out. I was obsessed and so were my friends. I would look all over the world and travel to new places. I thought, okay, we can do that, but now with drones,” says Hiersemenzel.

Drone enthusiasts send Hiersemenzel and his team of four between 100-200 drone videos a day. Jan or someone on the team watches each video to make sure they are of high quality, aren’t commercial in nature or have anything to do with military installations or operations.

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It’s not surprising that some parts of the world drone map are a bit sparse (or have no drone videos at all, such as North Korea where drones are banned).

And even though there aren’t a lot of practical reasons for spending hours on the site it is rather addictive watching drones flying over the countryside in Viet Nam, buzzing microwave towers in Sendai Japan, skimming over Laulau Beach in Saipan, ice fields in Antarctica or flying into erupting volcanos in Fiji.



Guy Wright

Guy Wright has been covering the technology space since the days when computers had cranks and networks were steam powered. He has been a writer and editor for many of the most influential publications over the years – publications that helped shape our current technological zeitgeist. He has lost count of the number of articles, blogs, reviews, rants, and books that he has published over the years, but he hasn’t stopped learning and writing about new things.


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