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  • We're not letting any grass grow under our feet here at MapQuest. New features are being added left and right, and our Search Ahead API is the latest service to benefit.

    Our most recent Improvements to POI and address queries provide faster and more comprehensive results, helping to enhance your customer's overall search experience. Specific enhancements include:

    • Improved support for pre-directionals in address queries.
      • Example: 16536 W 14th Pl or 16536 West 14th Pl will provide the same suggestion regardless of whether the query specifics 'W' or 'West.'
    • POI and location suggestions are both returned for queries that include the name of a POI and the city or city, state.
      • Example: 'Starbucks Denver or 'Starbucks Denver CO' will surface Starbucks locations in Denver, CO
    • The revision of our location biasing strategy for address queries. Address suggestions that are farther away from a user's specified location are surfaced more quickly than before.
    • 'Id' and 'name' fields have been added to suggestions surfaced from the address and adminArea collection.
    • 'Id' field have been added to suggestions surfaced from the POI collection*.

    Still holding out from trying MapQuest's Search Ahead API? Learn more about our predictive search API by visiting our product and documentation pages.

    *Please note, our POI collection is currently available to Enterprise Edition clients as a premium data add-on to the Enterprise Edition license.

  • We're excited to share MapQuest’s Static Map v5 API is now in beta. As a current user of Static Map v4 API, we invite you to give the new beta a whirl. Please test it out through Friday, December 31, 2016 and report feedback to us through our forum.

    What new features are included in Static Map v5 API?

    • Retina maps with four times as many pixels for high-resolution images for printing or displaying on any device.

    • Additional map styles including light, dark, satellite and hybrid.

    • The ability to add and customize banners on your map.

    • Enhanced icons that can be modified to match your style or branding.

    • Simplified and more efficient commands resulting in shorter URLs.

    Where is the documentation?

    What’s the new endpoint?

    Please note, transactions generated while testing our new Static Map v5 API beta will count towards your monthly or annual transaction limit.

    Thanks in advance for participating in the beta and we look forward to receiving your feedback.
  • MapQuest.com is turning pink for the month of October. But that’s not all. We’re putting our money where our routes are with Maps for Mammos. MapQuest.com is used by +42 million users* a month, and this new initiative is meant to inspire our consumer users to dedicate a route using our website. We're reaching out to our clients and developer community to help get the word out and to encourage participation.
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    Did you know that every two minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer and one out of every eight women in America is personally affected?
    For every trip shared and dedicated for Maps for Mammos on MapQuest's consumer website (MapQuest.com) in the month of October, MapQuest will make a donation to Young Survival Coalition (YSC) with a maximum donation of $50,000. We’re asking our clients and developer community to help MapQuest support breast cancer by joining the nearly 16 million miles that have been dedicated thus far on the consumer MapQuest.com website. Click here to learn more on how to create, dedicate and share your route on MapQuest.com. Thanks for supporting #MQMapsforMammos
  • To help improve the performance and availability of our API services, MapQuest is moving to a cloud-based infrastructure. As part of this move we are retiring several older legacy services that are no longer widely used. This includes the Xapi API service.

    On October 31, 2016 we’re retiring the Xapi open API service. This is an older OpenStreetMap open source API that is no longer supported in the open source community, and we recommend anyone still using Xapi move to the open source Overpass API service. MapQuest does not offer the Overpass API, check the OpenStreetMap wiki below for sources.

    The Overpass API includes a powerful query language with with a much more robust feature set compared to the former Xapi based tools. Also, the Overpass API provides a compatibility layer that allows a smooth transition from Xapi.

    For details on XAPI and Overpass view the OpenStreetMap wiki entry on Xapi and the Overpass wiki entry.
  • In September, our calendar looked eerily similar to a Tetris board. We sponsored two national hackathons and had outstanding turnouts at both. Those hackathons included:

    • TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, in San Francisco on September 10-11
    • Verizon Hack Day, in Irving, TX, on September 10
    Now that our schedules are slightly settling down, here's a quick rundown of what happened throughout the weekend:

    At both Hackathon events, more than 100 developers hacked our APIs and SDKs, with 31 team submissions at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. We provided free on-site tutorials and guidance from our top developers, provided 500 cups of coffee, gave away 300 water bottles and raffled off 3 snazzy Timbuk2 backpacks.

    We, also, produced this quick and awesome TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon recap video. Take a gander now:

    MapQuest Logo on Desktop with Play Button
    Be sure to also check out the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon final projects here. And, for more information on MapQuest's APIs and SDKs, head on over to our documentation.