Last summer, MapQuest relaunched its mapping service with a fresh look, intuitive interface, and handy features.
The cleaner design makes it simple to get directions from point A to point Z, and all stops between. Need to find an ATM or gas station nearby one of your stops? Just click on the category icons on the top of your map to pull up places like restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, even parks.
Maps also feature live traffic displays so you can avoid blocked and congested routes and arrive at your client meeting on time. The 360-degree option offers you first-person street views so you can familiarize yourself with landmarks and get a feel for your destination.
Sharing maps is a cool addition to MapQuest. Next time the boss calls into the office for help finding a place, share MapQuest directions to his/her mobile phone—a link opens the directions in the mobile browser. Or get really high-tech by sending directions straight to the car’s OnStar or Sync navigation system.
If your team is often on the road visiting clients, or your business runs a lot of deliveries, MapQuest Route Planner creates optimal route maps so you save on time and fuel costs. Punch in all your stops, then let MapQuest create the best route for you based on travel time or distance. You can even have the system re-order your stops for maximum travel efficiency.
With MapQuest Map Builder, you can create and add a custom map to your blog or website. Pin multiple locations on a map using icons in the pin gallery, or one of your own. Then use the drawing feature to add lines and shapes to your map.
Check out the video below of Ramon Ray at the MapQuest booth at SXSW 2011:
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