MapQuest Looks to ‘Out-Open’ Google

December 16, 2010

10:16 am

MapQuest continues to embrace crowd-sourcing with today’s release of open.mapquest.com for the US.

Since July 2010, the company released 10 international open mapping sites. Today, Mapquest has released a version that allows users to label previously unmarked destinations and add details, as well as contribute to error reports.

Additional features include:

  • Map tiles updated every 15 minutes
  • Search results updated every 5 minutes
  • Driving directions updated daily
  • Draggable routes
  • Sharing and “send to” options
  • Right click anywhere on the map
  • Linking directly to Potlatch 2 or JOSM for easy editing
  • Map Toolbar for easy searching – including the ‘Places to Give’ icon
  • 11 different languages to choose from: English, British English, Danish, Dutch, French, Canadian French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese Spanish and Swedish

With this move, MapQuest is aiming to ‘out-open’ Google, says MapQuest general manager Christian Dwyer.

Currently, Google’s tool lets “citizen cartographers” create and edit maps in more than 150 countries and territories but it hasn’t yet opened those capabilities in the U.S.

MapQuest is the number two mapping site behind Google Maps. People visit MapQuest.com about 2.5 times a month, but MapQuest’s goal is to become part of people’s daily lives, Dwyer said.

More information from MapQuest’s blog can be found here.

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Marla Shaivitz is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She’s interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. Follow Marla on Twitter at @marlashaivitz.

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