NYC Yellow Cabs in Transit


Joined December 2016

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12 months of yellow cab data (2014), broken down to a minute-by-minute picture. Each New York cab journey is a single line; the top is midnight, moving downwards through the day, and left to right is the day of the year. Red means lots of cabs on the road, green means longer journeys, and blue shows how many people in the cab.

The dimensions of the image are specific to denote a calendar-approach to the image, in so much that each pixel is a minute of the year. The width being days of the year and the height being each minute in the day (top to bottom). The final image is a combination of 3 images. Each journey is added to the image as a line from pick-up time to drop-off time, so each fare adds to the image as a vertical line. The red –channel is a summation of the numbers of cabs simultaneously delivering its fare. The green-channel is the average distance each cab journey being undertaken at that time. The blue-channel is the average number of passengers in cabs at that time.

Combining the aspects in the color-channels creates a relatively small image that contains, and lets the viewer interpret, a huge amount. Features visible range from weather, sunset times and working hours to public holidays, local events and general behaviors.

The apparent sparseness of yellow cab journeys at sunset in the summer of 2014. Whatever the stereotype of the average tough New Yorker is, it is nice to see that taking in a beautiful sunset before heading home is ubiquitous. Just don’t tell anyone.

These images are obviously deliberately pixelated. You may be worried about some minor issues as it is re-scaled from the original high-res image. I’ve checked each image at each resolution that will be available and the effects are minimal!


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