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intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 28, 2019 09:35PM
In laws are driving daughter home from michigan tomorrow morning. Wife wants to meet them somewhere along the way on their way home to NJ so she can bring daughter back to Kutztown University.

Is there any route planner that can calculate closest intersection point between two different routes? One being the one in-laws are taking and the other the one that my wife is taking?
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: September 28, 2019 09:58PM
I am almost positive that problem was in my high school algebra book...



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 28, 2019 10:00PM
that was trains.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 28, 2019 10:13PM
I feel that trying to do it in advance is a losing battle due to departure delays, traffic, rest stops, etc. So doing it in real-time as you get closer and picking an exit to meet at seems like the best approach.

Do you have Find my Friends setup, and can watch the two cars approach in real-time on a map, and get a general idea of the midpoint when you're about 50-100 miles away. Then phone calls to coordinate an exit meeting point that looks about half-way.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 28, 2019 10:21PM
If my FIL was willing to take a different route it would only add 20-30 minutes to their drive and daughter would be walking distance from campus - not an option. My wife will not be traveling on the same road as FIL so while we can find my friends it would not help us determine the best drop off point. We don't need to actually meet. They will drop off daughter at point of our choosing and we will pick her up from that point and bring to school.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 28, 2019 10:22PM
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If my FIL was willing to take a different route it would only add 20-30 minutes to their drive and daughter would be walking distance from campus - not an option. My wife will not be traveling on the same road as FIL so while we can find my friends it would not help us determine the best drop off point. We don't need to actually meet. They will drop off daughter at point of our choosing and we will pick her up from that point and bring to school.

sounds like there might be some interesting interpersonal dynamics



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 28, 2019 10:28PM
FIL is an old school patriarch. everything else is just efficiency
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 28, 2019 10:29PM
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If my FIL was willing to take a different route it would only add 20-30 minutes to their drive and daughter would be walking distance from campus - not an option. My wife will not be traveling on the same road as FIL so while we can find my friends it would not help us determine the best drop off point. We don't need to actually meet. They will drop off daughter at point of our choosing and we will pick her up from that point and bring to school.

They can't spare 20 to 30 minutes on a 12+ hour drive? They could make that up setting the cruise control another 2mph faster. eye rolling smiley

You can Google Map the 2 routes and see where they overlap manually. That is probably what I would do. Once you have that then find some place that has an easy exit and entry back onto the route.



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 28, 2019 10:52PM
They don't overlap. There are several places that could leave her along route but need the computational ability of a computer to optimize the location.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 28, 2019 10:59PM
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They don't overlap. There are several places that could leave her along route but need the computational ability of a computer to optimize the location.

I think you are over thinking it. It isn't the route that is going to matter. There might be the perfect spot on the map, but if there are no exits to easily get on and off or a safe place for your daughter to stay it isn't going to matter. Those things a computer isn't going to figure out.



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 28, 2019 11:02PM
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I think you are over thinking it. It isn't the route that is going to matter. There might be the perfect spot on the map, but if there are no exits to easily get on and off or a safe place for your daughter to stay it isn't going to matter. Those things a computer isn't going to figure out.

nonsense. the two cars will synchronize an inch or two apart and daughter will leap between vehicles.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 28, 2019 11:04PM
I was going to search for the nearest stop or exit after I had an idea where the closest point is.

There are meet in the middle sites that can determine a safe location once I have an idea where the closest point is. Hmm, Maybe I can eyeball some of the closest points and then use such a site.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 28, 2019 11:38PM
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I think you are over thinking it. It isn't the route that is going to matter. There might be the perfect spot on the map, but if there are no exits to easily get on and off or a safe place for your daughter to stay it isn't going to matter. Those things a computer isn't going to figure out.

nonsense. the two cars will synchronize an inch or two apart and daughter will leap between vehicles.

Maybe Elon Musk can figure this out.



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 28, 2019 11:40PM
Input the start and end points of Car A into Google Maps. Get routes. Choose probable route Car A driver will take by sacrificing chicken, and reading entrails (or your favorite way to figure it out).

Input start and end points of Car B into Google Maps. Get routes. Choose probable route Cab B driver will take by throwing goat bones on a skin (or your favorite way to determine).

Use Mk 1 Model 0 eyeball to see where routes are closest.

Pick rendezvous point and vette using Google Street View to make sure it's not a dirty truck stop with skeezy looking hookers and truckers with no teeth...

With Rendezvous point set, inform other driver.

That's the process my brain takes...



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 29, 2019 12:22AM
If the destination is as described (Kutztown University) a one way ticket to either coast or even Canada might be in her best interest.
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Re: intersecting driving res
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 29, 2019 05:56AM
It would be helpful to know what roads they are taking.



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: September 29, 2019 06:17AM
Perhaps the answer to my question is that there is no such site that can perform this function. A solution has been accepted by all parties. I still have no way to determine if it is optimal but it is no longer in my hands. Thanks to all that made the attempt to help.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 29, 2019 07:06AM
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I think you are over thinking it. It isn't the route that is going to matter. There might be the perfect spot on the map, but if there are no exits to easily get on and off or a safe place for your daughter to stay it isn't going to matter. Those things a computer isn't going to figure out.

nonsense. the two cars will synchronize an inch or two apart and daughter will leap between vehicles.

nonsense again. The most efficient thing to do is to swap the daughter with another girl.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 29, 2019 08:50AM
The best way to handle a meetup is to pick a halfway point of interest and give yourselves a decent time scale. A museum, a park, any sort of facility where an hours wait won’t be a hardship.

And honestly the best way to plan that is with a visual look at a map.

For example, Indianapolis is halfway between our house and my sisters house. So when we delivered her son back after a summer hanging out with us, we met up at the Indy 500 museum. It was cool !
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: September 30, 2019 07:14AM
The easiest route when dealing with a patriarchal FIL is to drive to Michigan to pick up daughter and then drop her off at KU yourself so as not to inconvenience said FIL.
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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: September 30, 2019 01:13PM
I don't understand all of the why, but these are some of the toughest problems in applied math, IIRC.



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Re: intersecting driving routes
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 01, 2019 05:53PM
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I don't understand all of the why, but these are some of the toughest problems in applied math, IIRC.

That's because it is hard to quantify FIL's asshattery quotient.
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