Digital mapping company MapQuest has announced the release of its new mobile app and website for desktop and the mobile Web. The update is part of a new look for the brand, which includes a new logo and interface design.
The new MapQuest offers redesigned and updated maps, which were built to be faster and more intuitive for users. The platform has a new map stack and updated map styling from MapBox, and offers updates to its ‘Find Places’ feature, which allows users to locate businesses in their area, and access directions, business and contact information about those locations without leaving the app or site.
Other Mapquest updates include improvements to the platform’s existing Layers feature, which allows users to see local businesses and attractions near them and add them to their travel route. Users can view layers for hotels, gas stations, grocery stores and more. Via integration with Yelp, OpenTable and GrubHub, users can view reviews for businesses, or browse menus, make reservations and order food from restaurants.
Commenting on the updated app, Brian McMahon, general manager of MapQuest, told SocialTimes:
At MapQuest, we build products meant to enhance and simplify the lives of our users. In addition to our existing features including navigation, roadside assistance and enhanced searching along your route, MapQuest’s updated app now offers Compare mode. On one screen you can see and compare multiple transportation options, by both time and cost, including driving, walking, Uber and car2go. Mass transit is available in select cities with more to come over the coming months.
To use Compare, users input their starting location and destination, and tap the ‘Compare’ button to receive one or more possible transportation options, including support for Uber and car2go information, where those services are available. These options lists the approximate cost and duration for the trip, as well as the time users may wait for an Uber car to arrive, or how far they’d have to travel to reach the nearest car2go pickup location. Support for mass transit routes (trains, buses, etc.) is currently available in Denver, and will come to additional cities in the future.
If users choose walking directions to their destination (where available), the app will estimate their expected walking time and calories burned. Finally, local weather conditions are displayed alongside these transportation options, so users can determine the best option for the current conditions.
The updated MapQuest app is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Users can also access these updated features via MapQuest.com on their desktop or mobile Web browser.