July 20, 2006

Mapquest Rolls out Multi-Point Routes

Mapquest has rolled out a beta of its new multi-stop Route Builder feature. This new tool lets travelers save time and money by mapping out their entire journey – and multiple destination stops in between – in one convenient step. So, if you aren’t yet using a GPS, the new multipoint routing at Mapquest can help you out. I tested it and it seems intuitive and pretty useful. You can start by putting in a starting and ending destination, and then move on to add other stops. If you want to change the order of your stops, you can easily move stops around and the route updates before your eyes. As you would imagine, with multiple stops, the direction set gets pretty long, so they have included the ability to hide segments of the directions as you work your route, and then allow you to reveal them all to print.

MapQuest’s Route Builder feature was the #1 requested feature among the millions of MapQuest consumers. "Despite record gas prices, most Americans are still planning to drive to their annual … summer vacation destinations," said Jim Greiner, VP and GM, MapQuest. "MapQuest.com continues to be the leading resource for people to find places and get reliable directions. And now the new Route Builder feature lets travelers map out driving directions between multiple stops - saving them time, gas money and frustration."

MapQuest’s Route Builder lets users:

  • Add up to 10 location destinations along a route;
  • Search for destination by address or place name;
  • Optimize route to avoid highways or toll roads;
  • Find gas stations, hotels, restaurants, ATMs, and other places along the way;
  • Re-order stops by dragging and dropping and automatically recalculate driving directions;
  • Print, or email route; and
  • Choose to show or hide directions as the route is plotted.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at July 20, 2006 8:35 AM
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