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Create customized and crisp maps with the new Static Map API

We recently launched an updated version of our Static Map API, including enhancements like you’ve never seen before. If you aren’t familiar, our Static Map API allows you to create a map image that can be placed in your applications, websites, email campaigns, or print media. Enhancements to Static Map API, v5, include:​ Retina Maps: Maps […]

Thomas Horacek

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The Science Behind GPS: How Does It Work?

The Satellite Network GPS operates through a constellation of satellites that are strategically positioned in medium Earth orbit. This network includes at least 24 operational satellites at all times, ensuring global coverage and providing users with precise navigation and timing services 1. Each satellite orbits the Earth approximately twice a day at an altitude of about […]

Jenn Chu

Understanding the Difference Between a Road, Street, and Avenue

Have you ever found yourself pondering the differences between roads, streets, and avenues as you navigate through a city? 1 2 While these terms may seem interchangeable, there are distinct conventions governing their naming and usage in urban planning. Understanding these distinctions can provide valuable insights into the layout and organization of cities and towns. 2 Roads, streets, and […]

Jenn Chu

Why Route Optimization Benefits Are Critical for Operational Success

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, route optimization software and APIs offer a game-changing solution for enhancing operational efficiency and driving cost savings 3. When your drivers have hundreds, if not thousands, of destinations or clients to visit, planning routes manually becomes a time-intensive and inefficient solution 1. Route optimization benefits extend far beyond just reducing travel distance […]

Jenn Chu

What is the difference between longitude and latitude?

In the realm of geographic navigation and positioning, the concepts of latitude and longitude stand as fundamental principles guiding us across the complex surface of our planet. These two sets of lines not only demarcate positions on Earth but also play a pivotal role in the fields of GPS technology, time zones management, and global […]

Jenn Chu

Maps vs Globes: What is the Difference Between a Map and a Globe?

Maps and globes are essential tools for navigation, locating points of interest, and understanding the world around us. 1 2 While both provide representations of Earth’s surface, there are distinct differences between a map and a globe. 1 A map is a two-dimensional, graphical depiction of an area, often displayed on a flat surface. 1 2 In contrast, a globe is a three-dimensional, […]

Jenn Chu

Types of Maps Explained: How Each Serves a Unique Purpose

Maps serve as a fundamental tool in understanding the geography of our world, embodying the intersection between art, science, and technology. They not only guide us through unfamiliar terrain but also enrich our comprehension of the earth’s surface, political boundaries, and natural features. Understanding the various types of maps and their unique purposes is essential […]

Jenn Chu

The Best Free Geocoding Services

In today’s data-driven world, the ability to visualize and analyze location-based information has become increasingly crucial for businesses, researchers, and individuals alike. Geocoding, the process of converting addresses, coordinates, or place names into geographic coordinates, is the key to unlocking the power of location data. Fortunately, there are several free geocoding services and APIs available […]

Jenn Chu

Q&A Series: COVID-19 & The Banking and Finance Industry | MapQuest Developer Blog

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on nearly every business, regardless of industry or geographic location. With businesses now having to navigate new, unchartered waters, many are searching for reliable and trusted information so that they can make informed decisions. In this Q&A, banking and finance industry expert, Josh Wilkinson of MapQuest for Business, answers five […]

Josh Wilkinson

Q&A Series: COVID-19 & The Healthcare Industry | MapQuest Developer Blog

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on nearly every business, regardless of industry or geographic location. With businesses now having to navigate new, unchartered waters, many are searching for reliable and trusted information so that they can make informed decisions on behalf of their companies and customers. In this Q&A, healthcare industry expert, Carol Marcoux of MapQuest for […]

Carol Marcoux

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