New features in Live Search Maps China; updates to 337 cities with street level map

Chris Pendleton announced the update to the Live Search Maps China site, that received following improvements: Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing) directions Multi-point directions (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird’s Nest to MS office) New data pipeline for China driving data Transit […]

Chris Pendleton announced the update to the Live Search Maps China site, that received following improvements:

Driving Direction – New!

Transit Direction

  • Improved performance by reducing engine average response time by 27% without quality degradation
  • China is now the first VE market to ship both Driving and Transit Directions

VE China API

  • Enabled server side logging for VE China API.
  • Upgraded China API to latest V6.2

Real-time traffic:

  • Added coverage for Shanghai - We now provide real-time traffic for Beijing and Shanghai.

Send-to-mobile

  • Switched to new SMS channel with better coverage (GSM and CDMA) and higher success rate (>97%)

Local Search 

  • Improved Coverage for Map Answer and Phonebook Answer
  • Map Answer triggered by query pattern “location + map (??)”, e.g. search for “?? ??”
  • Rich UX in Phonebook Answer with map thumbnail (currently at 5% flight), e.g. search for “?? ATM”
  • Phonebook Answer triggered by location detection

Data updates 

  • 337 cities with street level map (previously 289);
  • 10M POI/YP records (previously 7M) for 337 cities (previously 114);
  • 600+ categories for Local Search (previously 200+)
  • ~15K crawled and merged records in POI/YP data