On August 25th, 2016 MapQuest released a new feature - the ability to add additional transactions to monthly self-service plans. It's exactly like overtime minutes for your mobile phone plan. If you opt into the Overages plan (the default choice for new customers) your transactions never stop, even when you reach 100% of your monthly transactions total. Instead, you will be billed in 10% usage blocks until you reach 150% of your quota. When you reach 150% (for most plans) you will automatically be upgraded to the next higher plan. This is helpful when you launch new services of your own that are rapidly growing. It's also helpful for customers who occasionally go over the monthly transactions limit during a particularly busy time. It's your choice to opt in, and you can stop overages at any time. Many customers have asked for this feature and we are excited to announce it is now shipping.
Here's how it works:
When you sign up for overages, you will receive email alerts when you are approaching your monthly limit, when you reach your monthly limit, and when you go into overages. Overages are billed in 10% blocks as they accrue. For each 10% block of usage, you receive an email and an invoice. When you reach 150% of your monthly quota you will automatically be upgraded to the next plan to prevent runaway overages charges. When you are upgraded to the next plan your start date and monthly quota target will be reset. Customers exceeding 150% on the two highest plans (Business Enhanced and Business Enhanced Plus) will be referred to a MapQuest salesperson. This infographic shows the process:
Nothing spoils a good user experience in a location-based application faster than an inaccurate address input. Sometimes it’s a missing a digit, other times it’s a case of searching for a street with an unusual spelling (Iliff Avenue, anyone?). One of the biggest challenges your application faces is ensuring the search query is as accurate as possible.
Today, MapQuest is happy to announce the production release of our Search Ahead API, which allows access to our predictive search platform. Whether it’s a full-fledged mapping application or a simple form in which users need to input addresses or location, Search Ahead provides a better experience by predicting what the user is intending to type, as they are typing.
What it is:
Search Ahead is our version of autocomplete, offering predictive matches to an address as a user is entering it into the search box. This “type along” feature helps ensure your user searches for 1060 W. Addison Ave, instead of 1060 W Adison Ave, thus returning the most accurate results and eliminating the need to re-search.
Who can benefit:
Literally everyone. Retail stores, restaurants, real estate, insurance, transportation -- Search Ahead gets you and your customers where you’re going, faster.
How it looks:
The Search Ahead API was designed to adhere to API design best practices and industry standards. All location data is expressed in a geoJSON format, which is easy to integrate into geospatial applications. This lightweight API also features a pre-assembled displayString, so that you can easily get this functionality up and running quickly. Rest assured that the API also offers the individual components (properties) in the response, so you can assemble a customized display of results in your application.
What it provides:
Today, the Search Ahead API provides suggestions for addresses (example: 1060 W Addison Ave, Chicago, IL, 60613), adminareas (example: Chicago, Canada, 60613), and airports (example: Denver International Airport).
Where to learn more: