Yahoo! Maps


Alright, Google just had the gauntlet thrown down on it. Yahoo! Maps seriously ups the ante in the online mapping arena.

Some of the features that I found really cool:

  • Automatically supports way points in a route. If I want to get from one place to another, but I absolutely must go through another place(s). Google maps doesn’t do this easily, or at all that I am aware of.
  • You roll over a part of the directions and it highlights the part of the route on the map it is referring to. Very cool.
  • Traffic view. You can overlay current traffic congestion/problems on major roadways on you directions.

Those were the first things that really jumped off the screen at me. Oh, and another thing for developers, Yahoo! is offering all the Javascript libraries that make Yahoo! Maps work, available for download at developer.yahoo.com

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