MapQuest provides street maps and driving directions.
The most obvious place to obtain MapQuest driving directions is the web, but
it can be used with various GPS devices. For instance:
To determine if MapQuest or another company is better for your particular
needs, it worth taking some tiome to comare features.
MapQuest driving directions are great, but other map sites can give added value. For example,
Maps gives you draggable driving directions, which is very useful if
you want to compare different routes between two destinations. Other search
engine companies, like Ask, Bing and Yahoo, also offer
street maps and driving directions with unique features.
Every so often, it is worth reviewing MapQuest, and the offerings from other
mapping services, to
see if they have improved their facilities. Things move quickly in this area.
But don't ignore MapQuest, and just go with your favourite search engine. MapQuest is
totally dedicated to providing driving directions, and often goes the
extra mile ('scuse pun!) to provide great features.
You should get all the details you can for any journey into unknown territory, and supplement
MapQuest's weaknesses with the strengths of other map sites. For instance, MapQuest
driving directions lack landscape features. For raw driving directions MapQuest is great, but you can't
beat a landmark for orientation. To take advantage of landmarks, check local tourist, hotel and business
sites. These may provide local directions that keep you driving on the right track.
Also supplement MapQuest with specialist sites. For example, DiscountedorFree
give you extensive information on services and products near travel routes.
Expedia provide superbly detailed maps integrated with travel services. Trip Planner and Trip Advisor
allow you to plan holidays, as well as giving you simple directions.
If you need actual pictures of the area in which you are travelling then MapQuest isn't
much use, try Bing Maps, and Google Maps instead. They provide aerial photography of map sites. Yahoo shows a detailed map in conjunction with a large scale map. This is
extremely useful if you are trying to gain both an overall understanding of a new
city, and detailed directions.
Also important is speed of access. At the time of writing MapQuest is fast, but Yahoo has the fastest interface. But things can change, so keep re-checking
the different sites.
MapQuest allows web masters to integrate customised maps into their sites. This means you often find
MapQuest maps incorporated into information rich pages. Bookmark these sites as
you search for information, they are often useful sources of local details and can be readily integrated with your MapQuest driving directions.
In this section we cover MapQuest features that might set it above the
opposition for your particular needs:
At the beginning of 2008 MapQuest, owned by AOL, had about 50% market share
of internet visits to Map sites, while Google had only about 20%. A year later
both MapQuest and Google had about 35% market share, reflecting a seminal year
for Google Maps. The figures make it obvious that Google's success was at the
expense of MapQuest. John McKinley makes the point that the MapQuest interface
had become like a "dog's breakfast". Although simple informative
directions were still to be obtained it had become difficult to see how to
attain them. In contrast Google Maps had a directions box top left and a map
taking up most of the screen. Nothing could be simpler. Reference: MapQuest
gone wrong by John McKinley
MapQuest North America
MapQuest driving directions: UK
MapQuest driving directions: USA
MapQuest in Yahoo - MapQuest's main
embarasses MapQuest Driving Directions - but not too much.
- good web guide
MapQuest at ZDNet -
MapQuest at ciao
MapQuest at Wikipedia
MapQuest gas prices - find the
lowest gas prices near to you.
MapQuest on the road