MapQuest Developer Blog

  • MapQuest for Business at RSA Conference 2018

    This April, the MapQuest for Business team traveled to San Francisco to attend RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. We participated in conjunction with our parent company, Verizon, representing our division as Verizon Location Services (VLS). RSA Conference is a week-long, internationally recognized event with more than 40,000 attendees.

    RSA conducts information security events around the globe that connect attendees to industry leaders and highly relevant information. We joined the Verizon team to showcase our Location Verification solution, a beta offering from the VLS group.

    Location Verification is a trusted, spoof-resistant solution that confirms a person or device is in a verified geographic location. This platform ingests a number of data points (with user consent) to verify precise location. This will give organizations the ability to receive more precise location intelligence, which can help inform better business decisions.

    The Verizon team educated attendees on ways to achieve security resiliency needed for today without compromising an enterprise organization's digital transformation. Looking to improve your security practices? Download this industry-leading report, the Data Breach Investigations Report, developed by Verizon.

    To learn more about Location Verification, and more about working with the Verizon Location Services team, contact us at

  • Deprecation Notice: TLS 1.0-1.1 for secure connections to Open APIs

    If you are an Open API user of MapQuest, the following information will affect you. Please keep reading.

    On June 18th, MapQuest is deprecating support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 for all HTTPS connections to open customer API proxies. The MapQuest Open URL affected includes

    Both TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 will be disabled, and TLS 1.2 will be required. If you are accessing our open APIs through the secure URL, you will need to be on agents that support TLS 1.2.

    Please see the list below for compatibility:

    Please upgrade your agents to support TLS 1.2 by June 18, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please comment in our forums.

  • New Product Alert: Mobile Navigation SDK

    We're extremely excited to announce the launch of our new Mobile Navigation SDK for Android and iOS applications.

    Backed by our decades-long geospatial experience, our Mobile Navigation SDK provides you turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates. Not only control your brand experience by keeping users within your native host application, but also customize the experience with your brand's look-and-feel from start to finish.

    And, the best news? It's absolutely free to you ... in exchange for a mutual flow of data sharing of speed and location observations (route collection coming later).

    API calls offered for free through this pricing model include: Directions, Traffic and Guidance APIs. Other APIs, such as Geocoding, Maps, Search and Search Ahead, that may be used in tandem will accrue standard transactional pricing and count toward your transaction limit.

    Navigation SDK, iOS

    Stand out against the rest with these unique Mobile Navigation SDK features:

    • Control your brand experience by keeping users in your native application
    • Customize the navigational display, wherever you please, within your native application
    • Track your own data (location and speed), visualize it, and keep it for yourself
    • Utilize real-time traffic/ETA updates at no additional transaction cost to you
    • Leverage high quality, licensed data, as well as your own traffic data for better real-time traffic updates

    Check out our documentation, Android and iOS, to learn more about our Mobile Navigation SDK features and how to access. And, if you haven't, sign up for an account to get started with the SDK today.

    * Learn more about our data sharing agreement through our Terms and Conditions page.

  • Required Action: Whitelist New MapQuest IP Addresses

    It's 2018, and we're getting up to speed! We are currently in the process of migrating our infrastructure away from AOL and into AWS. Because of this change, you will need to whitelist the following MapQuest IP addresses and remove the old ones:



    Please add the above IP addresses to your firewall before the Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2-4AM EST maintenance window, in order to avoid potential service interruptions. MapQuest B2B API services will only be available from the new IP addresses, and the old ones will no longer be in use. Old IP addresses can be removed anytime after Tuesday, Feb. 13.

    If you have questions or need additional information, we're happy to help! Please contact our support team at or contact us through our forum.

  • Now Available: The MapQuest Place Search API

    Replacing the legacy Search API, we are excited to announce a new and improved version, titled Place Search API!

    The newly available Place Search API, like our Search Ahead API, offers access to our next generation backend spatial search engines and boasts many of the features that users of our Search Ahead API have come to love, like the simplified request parameters, the lightweight response and geographic features expressed using the geoJSON specification.

    Here are the most exciting features of the new Place Search API:

    1. It complements our Search Ahead API: Search Ahead is our predictive search engine, designed for use cases that involve autocomplete or type ahead functionality. Place Search is our traditional spatial search engine, used to answer questions like "find all restaurants within a mile of my current location." The APIs can be used hand-in-hand to implement a first-class search experience, offering both suggestions as well as more robust spatial search capabilities.
    2. It offers two of the most popular types of spatial searches: Most users of our legacy search services perform searches within a radius or a bounding box, to either show Points of Interest within a distance from a given point or within the extent of a map. Place Search accepts either shape – a circle or a rectangle – as a constraint, but it will also perform searches without specified constraints.
    3. It will parse a single-line query into the 'what' and the 'where': Place Search also offers the ability to perform single-line searches, such as 'pizza, denver, co' or 'starbucks 80401.' Like Search Ahead, the current location of the user, if provided in the request, will be taken into account when results are ordered and returned.
    4. It offers multiple result sorting methods: In addition to 'as the crow flies' distance from the center of a radius or a provided location, results can also be sorted by 'importance' and 'relevance.' Importance takes into account the Points of Interest our users interact with most when scoring results, while 'relevance' is a combination of distance from a provided location and importance.
    5. Pagination is easy: Implementing paging is easy; just configure the number of results per page and we'll generate the URLs to easily access the previous and next page of search results, so applications using Place Search can offer a seamless experience as users navigate between pages of results.

    Check out the new Place Search documentation here. And, if you haven't, make sure to sign up for a free account to get started with Place Search today.

  • Amazon Deliveries Depend on MapQuest for Business

    Have you ever wondered how can quickly, accurately and reliably deliver millions of packages throughout North America? Well, it's likely that your last Amazon purchase was delivered through Key Software Systems' Xcelerator software, powered by MapQuest for Business.


    • Replace outdated geospatial services vendor with a future-proof provider.
    • Quickly and seamlessly integrate geospatial APIs into Xcellerator software.
    • Enable geocoding for route optimization and mileage tracking.
    • Provide visual mapping capabilities.
    • Integrate reliable traffic data to maximize driver efficiency.

    The Key to 'Final Mile' Deliveries

    Dramatic growth in online shopping has accelerated business for hundreds of delivery companies responsible for what is known in the shipping industry as "final mile" deliveries. Large trucks, trains and ships transport goods to centralized distribution centers, where local courier companies receive the goods and transport to the final residential or commercial destination. When millions of packages are at stake, reliable and accurate geospatial data is essential to providing fast and efficient final mile delivery service.

    To help thousands of drivers from hundreds of courier companies make their final mile deliveries, Key Software Systems makes a comprehensive courier software system called Xcelerator. The software manages all aspects of deliveries from route optimization to proof of delivery (POD) signatures, photographing delivery locations and more.

    A Total Geospatial Eclipse

    For years, Key Software used geospatial software from another provider that was considered a standard in the shipping industry. But in 2008, advancements in web technology eclipsed Key Software's geospatial provider into obsolescence, forcing the search for a new solution.

    A Seamless Transition

    After carefully evaluating every major geospatial services provider, Key Software chose MapQuest for Business. According to Key Software's VP of Sales and Marketing, Patrick Scardilli, "MapQuest satisfied all our requirements more cost-effectively than any other provider, and helped us make the switch quickly and seamlessly."

    Since making the switch in 2008, the company has continuously leveraged several of MapQuest for Business' APIs to provide essential geospatial capabilities in the Xcelerator software, including the:

    • Geocoding and Static Map APIs for courier companies to visually track driver locations and package pickup points
    • Directions API to determine the most efficient pickup and delivery routes
    • Traffic API to reroute drivers around traffic delays
    • Geocoding API to accurately track 'door-to-door' mileage

    "It's been a great relationship with MapQuest. They've helped drive efficiency through the roof."

    -- Key Software Systems VP of Sales and Marketing, Patrick Scardilli

    Driving Efficiency Through the Roof

    "It's been a great relationship with MapQuest. They've helped drive efficiency through the roof," Scardilli said. "Our customers are extremely happy now because they can audit everything related to their deliveries, thanks to MapQuest. They now have amazing visibility and an audit trail of assets, routes and deliveries, plotting the location of each event on any computer screen or mobile device, providing breadcrumb trails for every delivery."

  • Millions of Accurate Real Estate Appraisals Depend on MapQuest for Business

    Global DMSWhat's the best way to enable lenders and appraisers to perform millions of real estate appraisals using comparable properties in the area? The answer for Lansdale, Pa.-based Global DMS®, is MapQuest for Business.

    Automating the Entire Valuation Process

    To help Global DMS users perform appraisals accurately and efficiently, the company developed eTrac®, a valuation management SaaS platform. eTrac automates every step in the collateral valuation process, including risk checks, compliance, appraisal data validation and valuation performance management.


    • Geocode over one million subject properties per year across the U.S. and Canada.
    • Identify the ideal appraisers for various properties based on their geographical location.
    • Display the subject property, comparable properties and listings on a map.
    Location, Location, Location

    Every real estate professional knows that location is everything when it comes to the value of a property. Since a property's valuation relies heavily on the value of comparable properties in surrounding areas, the accuracy of location data is critical. In addition, the U.S. Federal Housing Authority requires appraisers to have 'geographic competency' of the areas in which they perform appraisals. Using inaccurate location data to calculate the valuation of a property or to select an appraiser could spell disaster for the property's buyer, seller or lender.

    In 2008, Global DMS replaced its original geospatial services provider due to challenges with usability and overall capabilities. After evaluating several providers, the company ultimately chose MapQuest for Business. According to Global DMS CEO and President, Vladimir Bien-Aime, "MapQuest's functionality and price point were far better than everything else we considered."

    Seeing the Big Picture

    More than nine years later, MapQuest continues to provide the geospatial data that enables eTrac users to find the most geographically competent appraisers and comparable values for more than a million U.S. and Canadian properties annually. eTrac uses MapQuest's Geocoding API to accurately calculate the distance between subject properties and comparable properties. When displaying the most geographically competent appraisers and all the property's nearby features on a map, eTrac leverages MapQuest's Static Map API. "MapQuest is really good at overlaying points of interest," said Bien-Aime. "This makes it easy for buyers and appraisers to see the big picture of a property and its proximity to schools, churches, parks, shopping centers and other landmarks."

    Accurate Data Makes Happy Users

    MapQuest has made an extremely positive impact on eTrac's users. "Our users really like it," said Bien-Aime. "Banks are happy because they're covered with accurate comparisons performed by geographically competent appraisers. Homeowners are happy because they get the right value for the property."

    "MapQuest enables appraisals to be completed as efficiently as possible. It just works and we don't have to think about it. No other solutions are more functionally-rich and stable than MapQuest for Business."

    --Global DMS CEO and President, Vladimir Bien-Aime

    "MapQuest enables appraisals to be completed as efficiently as possible," said Bien-Aime. "It just works and we don't have to think about it. No other solutions are more functionally-rich and stable than MapQuest for Business." His experience in working with MapQuest has been equally positive. "The people at MapQuest have always been very good to work with, in support and account management," he said. "The MapQuest team is quick to work with us for all our needs. It's been a really great relationship between Global DMS and MapQuest."

    Global DMS and eTrac are registered trademarks of Global DMS, Inc.

  • New Release: MapQuest.js, v1.2

    Today we are launching a point release, version v1.2, of our MapQuest.js product. This release focuses on bug fixes, adding additional options and events, as well as the introduction of a new directions control.

    A few small improvements to point out include an upgrade to our Leaflet.js library dependency from 1.1.0 to 1.2.0. You can read about the changes to Leaflet here. We also fixed a bug where ad blockers were blocking our tiles in a few cases.

    Geocoding Control
    Geocoding Control

    We refactored the geocoding control to add new options, functionality, and polish. We also added additional custom icons for cities, counties, and postal codes. There are three new events (searchahead_response, searchahead_selected, geocode_response) to further help developers use the control in harmony with other JavaScript code. We also added four additional options available to help you fine-tune how the control interacts with the map. Finally, you can now navigate the search ahead results with up and down arrow keys and use the escape key to exit the control.

    Traffic Control
    Traffic API, Traffic Control

    The traffic control now has a summary control rendered at the bottom center of the map. This allows users to individually toggle traffic flow, incident, and construction markers on and off, as well as giving a summary chart of traffic flow colors from fast to closed.

    Locator Control

    The locator control has a new event, current_position, that returns the user's position object when found. It also has new options from the geolocation api: timeout, enableHighAccuracy, and maximumAge.

    Directions Control
    Directions Control, Directions API

    The directions control is our newest control in the MapQuest.js library. It allows drop-in routing functionality to any website. A user can enter a start and end destination by either clicking on the map or entering text input. It also has a route summary control that displays alternate routes. A route narrative is shown with turn-by-turn maneuvers. The user can click the maneuvers zoom into a particular maneuver. There are also buttons to add a destination, reverse the route, and toggle between driving and walking routes. This control is also customizable with the underlying directions layer can be styled to fit your company's branding. The buttons can be toggled on and off, for example, if you don't want users making multipoint routes. Finally, the input fields can be disabled, forcing users to only navigate to a fixed point, like solely your business.

    If you have any feedback, bug reports, or feature suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us on our forums or contact us form.

  • Autism Therapists Save Time and Money with MapQuest for Business

    CARDEver since the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) implemented MapQuest for Business APIs in 2013, the company has saved a quarter million dollars and streamlined their more than 2,500 therapists' daily routines. In addition, time and mileage is now reported automatically for each of their therapists, eliminating the hassle and inaccuracy of manual reporting.


    • Automate the mapping to and from thousands of patient addresses
    • Automate the manual process of routing thousands of patient visits nationwide
    • Streamline the logging of patient visit travel time and distance

    On the Road for Recovery

    Recovery from autism is at the center of CARD's mission, sending thousands of therapists on the road every day to visit with individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    With nearly 140 offices nationwide and 150 therapists in each office, scheduling hundreds of daily routes required one full time employee per office – nearly 140 individuals manually mapping out daily routes. Additionally, therapists submit their individual travel time and mileage for reimbursement, which was also a manual process that was subject to potential inaccuracies.

    Powered by MapQuest for Business

    In 2013, CARD selected MapQuest for Business to provide APIs for several key capabilities for CARD's therapists:

    • Mapping to and from patient addresses using MapQuest Geocoding API
    • Forward geocoding patient addresses using MapQuest Geocoding API
    • Routing guidance and time and distance logging via MapQuest Directions API

    CARDAt the time, CARD wanted only these capabilities, without displaying the results on a map. Alva Powell is CARD's senior technical architect. "I did a lot of research on this to begin with, and MapQuest was the only company that could provide this functionality," said Powell. "Other vendors offered routing APIs, but required us to display the map with the route. MapQuest said, 'no problem,' and gave us exactly what we wanted." CARD relies upon MapQuest APIs to route its thousands of therapists' daily patient visits, and automatically log their travel time and mileage for reimbursement.

    "The MapQuest APIs were super simple and quick to implement. It's been a huge win for us."

    - Senior Technical Architect at CARD, Powell

    A Huge Win

    Since implementing MapQuest's APIs, CARD has saved an estimated $250,000 by automating what was once very manual, labor intensive work. "It's been a huge win for us," said Powell. "The MapQuest APIs were super simple and quick to implement. Any time we need anything, MapQuest responds very quickly. If someone else had my same requirements I'd tell them to go straight to MapQuest. We've been very happy with them."

  • Xevo Picks MapQuest for Business for Millions of Passenger Vehicles

    XevoWhen Seattle-based Xevo needed highly-accurate and reliable geospatial data for the company's in-car software platform, MapQuest for Business fit the bill. The company's Journeyware system is embedded into millions of passenger vehicles manufactured by several of the world's largest carmakers, including Toyota and Lexus.


    • Receive consistent and accurate geocode data for Xevo's Journeyware in-dash infotainment system.
    • Initially power five different apps in Journeyware with latitude and longitude data, expanding to more apps over time.
    • Maintain the absolute highest quality user experience expected by world-class auto manufacturers.

    Improving Driver Safety and Experience

    According to a recent study, 80 percent of new vehicles will be connected to digital services by the year 2020*. Founded in 2000, Xevo is a leading supplier of a software platform called Journeyware that combines location and other in-car data with cloud-based analytics and machine learning to improve safety, performance and overall driver experience in millions of vehicles worldwide.

    In addition to leading entertainment applications, Journeyware includes location-enabled applications for weather and dining, such as Yelp. Xevo depends on reliable and accurate geospatial data to make Yelp and other location-specific applications in Journeyware work for millions of motorists using the company's software platform.

    Hitting a Roadblock with Open Source Geospatial Data

    To power the location-specific applications in Journeyware, Xevo initially tried using open source geospatial data but quickly discovered shortcomings with data consistency and accuracy. "As a Tier 1 supplier to the world's largest automotive manufacturers, the quality of the user experience with our products is absolutely critical," said Chief Marketing Officer for Xevo, Brian Woods. "So we expect nothing less from our technology partners as well. In the case of geospatial data, that means the absolute highest levels of consistency and accuracy of the location information that's integrated into our platform." According to Xevo Relationship Manager, Terry Zajic, "Open source location data has its place in the software development world, but we tried it and it just didn't meet our requirements in this case."

    "MapQuest has been the right partner for us in helping to make our product better and more accurate, providing our customers with a better overall experience."

    -- Xevo's Chief Marketing Officer, Woods

    Xevo Turns to MapQuest for Business

    In mid-2016, Xevo reached a crossroads with open-source geospatial data, and turned to MapQuest as the company's new geospatial service provider for accurate geocoding within Journeyware. "It's been a terrific partnership," said Woods. "MapQuest has been the right partner for us in helping to make our product better and more accurate, providing our customers with a better overall experience."

    Zajic agrees with Woods. "Our customers expect us and all of our partners to be on top of their game. MapQuest filled that need for us with top-notch geospatial services. The data has been rock solid and has worked to our great satisfaction."

    Xevo has been equally impressed with MapQuest's customer service. "MapQuest's responsiveness and ease of integration have been outstanding," said Zajic. "They helped us integrate their Geocoding API, and it's worked exactly as documented. We've had great success in working with MapQuest."

    *Source: Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) supported by BearingPoint