Danger Maps highlights all the things that can kill you in downtown Shanghai.
Chinese startup Danger Maps can turn even the bravest individual into a hypochondriac agoraphobe. The app takes your current location (China only) and plots on a map all the potential health risks in your area, which, in Shanghai at least, it turns out are pretty much everywhere.
The app, which works as an overlay to Baidu Maps, lists all kinds of potential dangers and health risks, from radiation hazards to cemeteries. The app is the work of non-profit organisation IT Engineers for Environmental Protection Association. Programmer Tian Yu tells Tech in Asia‘s Charlie Custer how the app came about:
I myself am a victim of environmental pollution. [The place where I live] in Shanghai is right next to a landfill, and foul smells often emanate from it. In June of this year there was a mass protest over the building of an extension to the landfill for burning trash. I thought, if I had known about the environmental situation here when I was buying a house, perhaps my decision would have been more well informed and maybe I wouldn’t have bought the house at all.
[Via: Tech in Asia]