New MapQuest OpenAPI

John Musser, March 5th, 2006

MapQuestThe other big API news to start the week comes from MapQuest with their announcement of the MapQuest OpenAPI. They’re an established player in online mapping but a latecomer to the open API party. It looks like they’re going try and play off their strengths which include high-quality maps and good routing. Here’s the first new MapQuest mashup: mapzierge.

The API itself is a JavaScript-based API that provides:

  • Routing – Integrate MapQuest’s ultra-accurate driving directions to show your users exactly how to get there.
  • Mapping – Plot multiple locations on a single map. Choose one of our map styles to create a truly integrated look-and-feel with your website.
  • Active Point Markers – Add up to 100 active point markers to a single map. You can also add events, like a pop-up box with key information displayed when users click on or roll over the marker.

The limits? Free of charge for non-commercial use within the stated transaction levels of 50,000 combined maps and geocodes and 5,000 routes per day.

MapQuest’s Anthony Pegg is presenting a session on this tomorrow by at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

And lastly, to go along with the launch of these APIs, they’ve announced a Developers Challenge:

The winning entry will push the mashup genre beyond merely plotting locations on a map, demonstrate some real usefulness to a broader, non commercial community and leverage the full set of tools available in OpenAPI with an emphasis on routing.

Contest ends March 31st. This has now been added to the ProgrammableWeb /contests page.

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2 Responses to “New MapQuest OpenAPI”

March 23rd, 2006
at 1:33 pm
Comment by: MapQuest OpenAPI Blog Team

FYI, the MapQuest OpenAPI Developers Challenge eligibility has been extended to Canada (excluding Quebec). In addition, the challenge’s deadline has been extended to May 1. More information and the latest rules at:

March 10th, 2008
at 1:38 am
Comment by: MapQuest Offers Unlimited Free API Calls

[...] Platform: Free Edition. This substantial new release replaces their first generation open API launched almost exactly two years ago. We’ve updated our MapQuest directory profile with technical details on the lasted [...]

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