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Oct122010

New Features In the Bing Maps REST Services API

Here’re the new routing and geocoding features for Bing Maps REST Services — your choice when developing for mobile or when you’re looking for simplicity and speed on the web.

  • Show a route on a static map: Get a Static Map API now has ability to output a route to static map request.
  • Avoid tolls and highways: With new avoid and minimize parameters, you can allow your customers to optimize their route by either avoiding or minimizing tolls and/or highways. Calculate a Route API
  • Calculate driving routes from all four directions: Calculate Routes from Major Routes API satisfies those scenarios where your user either doesn’t know their exact address or doesn’t know where they might be coming from before the trip.
  • New entityTypes parameter: In addition to routing updates above, Bing Maps REST Services also receives an update to Find a Location by Point API (aka reverse geocoding). This new parameter allows you to specify what entity types/location information you want returned in reverse-geocoding response (address, neighborhood, country/region).

More Info: Bing Maps APIs on MSDN |Bing Maps REST Services

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