Yahoo Continues Product Refreshes With New Yahoo MapsBy: Chris Crum - September 25, 2013
Yahoo continues to launch redesigns for many of its products. Today it’s Yahoo Maps. The company announced that it is launching a refreshed Yahoo Maps experience for desktop users in the U.S.
“The new Yahoo Maps makes it easier to explore and experience where you are, see where you’re headed and figure out the best route to get there,” says Senior Director, Product Management, Anand Chandrasekaran.
The new look was designed to have a more consistent look and feel to Yahoo’s other recently redesigned properties. It also now includes pedestrian and public transit routing. Users can enter an origin and destination point, and see the route as either a pedestrian, a driver or a public transit passenger. You can view different options for public transportation.
“On the map view, you can now pan and zoom, and select map vs. satellite view,” explains Chandrasekaran. “We’ve recently refreshed satellite imagery for over 14 million square kilometers of land – significantly reducing cloud cover, improving edge matching and image sampling and creating coast to coast views. For individuals as well as companies, these aerial images are key to a great maps experience – from showing someone the home you grew up in to logistics companies planning their routes. Further, new overlay options include real-time traffic, a carousel of stunning Flickr photos related to that location as well as local weather.”
Yahoo says over a quarter of search queries on Yahoo are related to local content.