Microsoft has announced a handful of new features for Bing Maps for anyone trying to use the service to plan trips. The new Bing Maps feature includes distance calculator, a gas price finder and a parking finder.
The distance calculator is the newest of the bunch, and it’s actually somewhat surprising that it wasn’t available before. When you enter two or more locations into Bing Maps, the service can now show you the duration of that trip, including calculations for different routes, if available. You can check the distance between two points or add more waypoints along the route to see the distance calculation change in real time. That’s probably one of the reasons you’d use a mapping service like this in the first place, so it’s definitely a welcome addition.
Another new feature is a gas price map, which lets you see information about gas prices in a specific area. You can search for “Gas in Seattle” – or elsewhere if you plan to stop in on a trip – and it will show you gas prices within a 5 mile radius. This should make it easier for you to find the best prices so you can save money on your trip. It can also help you find a switchback to refuel if it’s somewhere you’ve never been before and don’t know your way around.
Finally, there’s the parking finder app, which is also quite simple. You can simply search for parking at a given location, and Bing Maps will show all available parking lots nearby, both on the map and as a list on the side, so you can quickly choose one to see more. information about it. This can be an address, a phone number, or the type of parking space, such as outdoor/indoor parking.
None of these features are all that new if you’re used to Google Maps (which you probably are), but they should still be welcome if you prefer using Bing Maps. Microsoft notes that it uses a single API for all time-distance-related functionality – such as in finding locations using “where can I get to in 30 minutes?”. Instead of searching within a circular radius from a location, the Isochrone API (as it is called) uses a different algorithm based on polygons and takes into account obstacles that increase the actual travel distance. For example, a gas station might be near you, but if it’s on the other side of a river and you have to drive a long time to cross it, it’s no longer considered near your location. location.
Microsoft hasn’t specified where these features are available, but it’s safe to assume they won’t work everywhere, especially when it comes to parking and gas prices. The company also recently rolled out other features for Bing itself to make travel planning easier by helping you find places to visit and stay.