If you haven’t visited MapQuest®®.com recently, they have completely redisigned the site and added a bunch of new features. These changes are evident in both the desktop and mobile app. With competition from Google Maps, Bing Maps & GPS units, they have pushed the envelope in terms of the user experience and functionality. While being well know for driving directions, MapQuest®® is adding more elaborite tools to make user’s live easier. The online mapping sites clearly have become a part of many people’s daily lives.
In an attempt to seperate themselves from their competitors, mainly Google, Map quest has started to focus on local discovery by integration with AOL Patch, a news reporting tool that helps users find out what’s happening in all the areas you’re searching for. And MapQuest®® Vibe uses data collected around the country about local neighborhoods and rates the restaurants, shops, and services. They base the results on user voting, and give helpful infomation including wi-fi hotspots. They also give a walkability score in the more popular, trendy areas of town.
In recent news, mapquest announced a new enhancement to their popular Live Traffic feature. Now available in over 100 markets, you can now view live traffic conditions through a network of over 11,000 cameras to make your traveling even easier and safer. Simply click the Live Traffic icon on the top, right of map and a blue camera icon will appear wherever a traffic cam is available. Most camera images are updated every few minutes, and will also be available on MapQuest Mobile and the mobile web in the very near future. This is a great addition to an already large array of travel information and tools, like gas prices, route planning and local search. Be sure to check their blog, Facebook and Twitter to keep abreast of new developments with the roll-out of this unique feature.
In other news, mapquest mobile now offers landmark-assisted routing by providing places of interest along the way for both driving and walking directions. For example, it may tell you to turn left on Route 19, right after the tennis courts. The new “You Are Here” icon will now show your location with a customizable icon, and the web APP is better organized and easier to use while on the go. And, with a single tap, you can now find local restaurants, hotels and other local services and points of interest. They are committed to giving you the best mobile experience possible and are one the few services that provide free voice turn-by-turn driving directions via mobile device. For more complete information, check out MapQuest®®.com from you iPhone, Android or other mobile device.
MapQuest provides web-based, mobile and business applications to over 16 million visitors every month and is one of the top online mapping services – giving users driving directions, local search and a variety of mobile applications. Many consider them among the most accurate mapping services, with user generated updates and live traffic updates every few minutes. Check out their Facebook Page for travel ideas, giveaways and contests from time to time. Check back often as we update this page on a regular basis.