MapQuest, today announced the launch of its first U.S. site built on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, an information source encouraging consumer contributions. Open.MapQuest.com, like the 10 open sites launched by MapQuest in Europe and Asia over the last four months, hosts OSM data along with the new MapQuest brand and interface.
This partnership makes it a “living map”, MapQuest says, constantly improved by contributors who can add content and details that make the map more specific and useful. Today, there’re more than 320,000 registered OpenStreetMap users worldwide.
Examples of map enhancements include detailed tourist attractions, biking and hiking trails, or footpaths through neighborhood parks.
The U.S.-focused Open.MapQuest.com has following advantages:
- Language selection: British English, Canadian French, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
- Map tiles updated every 15 minutes
- Search results updated every 5 minutes
- Driving directions updated daily
- Map Toolbar for easy searching within the map
- More sharing and “send to” options
- Draggable routes and right clicking anywhere on map for precise editing