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Mapquest has introduced a new look and a new retro-chic, 1970s style logo. The changes are part of a series of upgrades begun prior to the Verizon-AOL acquisition and largely a result of a new Mapquest partnership with Mapbox. The promised and enhanced features include or will include: A faster, more responsive Mapquest.
… is currently the dominant use case for maps. Overall, the new version of Bing Maps gets much closer to Google Maps in terms of functionality and in some areas exceeds it with a more user-friendly experience. There’s also a quasi-assist from MapQuest, with Bing emulating “layered” results allowing simultaneous and successive display of category searches…
… MapQuest has integrated “Uber for roadside assistance” Urgent.ly into its updated app. What this means is that consumers are able to summon a tow truck or other service provider directly through the app. Service fees are pre-negotiated and shown to consumers up front. There’s also a satisfaction guarantee. Users can also track arrival time…
… for alternate routing and turn-by-turn directions. MapQuest’s Brian McMahon told me in email that Commute is something of an experiment. The company is trying to determine how much demand exists and whether to include Commute’s functionality in the main MapQuest app. He added that the company has a number of feature and improvements planned…