Yahoo Offers Some Keys to Maps

Yahoo unveiled the next iteration of Yahoo Maps, adding new interactivity and features. An overview map shows the area of the main map in its greater context of surrounding towns. If a user is signed in with a Yahoo account, the application opens showing his or her default location.

The interface has been reorganized, with a column on the left containing boxes for entering addresses and for a search term to find on the map. Yahoo has integrated its local search and listings, letting users browse by four business categories: travel, ATMs and services, entertainment and shopping, or restaurants and bars. Frills include auto-completion of addresses based on information from users’ Yahoo Address Books

The updated version lets users get multi-point driving directions by clicking from one point to another on the map. Wary commuters can quickly turn the map into a live traffic view by clicking a button.


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