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Bing Maps makeover: predictive routing, multiple places, along the route features introduced
In its biggest update yet, Bing Maps has received a massive redesign. The redesigned Bing Maps comes with a number of features focused on travel planning. The features allow users to search, view and share multiple places at one time.
The company claims that the new features have been created based from user feedback. From the feedback, it became clear that users want one experience that brings together the best content in one view. A view that not only shows their last searches but one that fully reflects their plans.
They also wanted a map experience that is fast and easy to use, and one that is visually rich.
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“People using a variety of map sites, from a variety of countries, told us what they love about, and what they struggle with when using map services” the company said.
The new redesigned Bing Maps allows users to see trusted reviews and photos from partners such as Yelp. The users also get access to a rich set of visuals and information on the places they plan to visit, making it easy to plan their travel times.
The new design, the companys says, features a “beautiful and intuitive design”.
On the new design one can choose their preferred map style, aerial or road.
The other major feature on Bing Maps is the ability to search routes for future travels. By using predictive routing, Bing Maps preview includes the option to input their estimated drive time and check traffic on the day and time one plans to travel. Depending on what the road is usually like at that time, one can opt for another route.
Along the Route is a feature that allows users to find hotels, restaurants and gas stations that are located on the way to their destination.
There is also a new split screen that shows street side view of ones destination while showing the map directly below it.
Users can take a 360-degree tour of the area and they can also, by dragging the mouse along the map, view a new location. The other impressive feature is that they have the option to save and sync a location across Microsoft account and to the Windows Maps app.
The new features are not available in some countries. For now, Bing Maps preview is live in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa. Along the Route feature currently only available in the United States.