Despite the many mapping industry changes, where tech giants are switching providers on what seems like a daily basis, OpenStreetMap has been the clear leader in meaningful solutions. Their lack of legal and technical restrictions, not to mention the remarkable level of contributors and data contributed, make them a popular alternative to other commercially available datasets.
MapQuest first began offering products and services based on data from OpenStreetMap back in July 2010, and today we're extremely proud to be announcing a slew of updates to our Open APIs - all of which are still available for free and without any limit on transactions!
This highly anticipated update includes several major improvements to the API:
Open Aerial Tiles
For those of you looking to add aerial imagery to your application, you'll be happy to learn the MapQuest Open Aerial Tiles have been fully integrated into the API. The tiles are composed only of imagery in the public domain (or released under similar licenses) and can be used for any purpose without any restrictions.
As the name indicates, this new control can be used to detect the user's location and automatically re-center the map. A custom handler can also be added to perform a task, such as getting directions to the nearest ice cream shop after the user has been geolocated.
Increased Mobile Support
A major focus for the v7.0 release was to significantly improve performance and functionality on mobile devices. Key bug fixes were made in order to better handle touch events and increase support for pop-up InfoWindows and other popular features.