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Why take the shortest route when you could take the prettiest?

Why take the shortest route when you could take the prettiest?
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It's summer time. That means it's time to pack up the car and take a road trip. But don't take the fastest route, take the scenic route!

I know what you're thinking ... "GPS doesn't always give me the scenic route." Well, researchers at Yahoo have developed an algorithm that finds the prettiest route for your journey.

Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a few friends created a database of various locations from Google Street View and then crowdsourced opinions about the areas on a site called UrbanGems.

Each visitor to the UrbanGems site would see two side-by-side photographs and choose the better-looking location.

Using that data, the algorithm takes the starting point and endpoint and finds the prettiest way to get to your destination based on these crowdsourced beauty scores.

Next page: The process gets automated
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