Yahoo! Maps Global Rollout Gets a New Look … and a New Platform!

  • Posted May 16th, 2007 at 6:17 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Local

new-maps-2.pngToday we’re rolling out a brand new Yahoo! Maps that has its own proprietary platform to call home. Bringing the Yahoo! Maps platform in-house gives us numerous advantages, including; global scalability, having more direct control over upgrades, easier integration of new features and user feedback, and a greater ability to improve accuracy.

The advanced functionality introduced with this new platform addresses suggestions, feature requests and bug fixes reported through the yws-maps group. Your ongoing feedback is truly appreciated, as it plays a crucial role in our development cycle.

Some of the front-end improvements you’ll immediately notice when test-driving the improved Yahoo! Maps include:

  • Ability to get driving directions within 34 European countries from the U.S. Yahoo! Maps site, including
    • Western Europe – Complete coverage
      Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Italy
    • Eastern Europe – Comprehensive coverage
      Albania, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey
  • A fresh new look and feel to our maps design that is distinctively Yahoo!
  • Terrain overlays that provide added dimension and information at the medium and higher zoom levels.
  • Neighborhood and building footprints for NYC and San Francisco show greater context at the zoom level. Additional cities are planned for rollout in 2007.
  • Search for directions using only a point of interest (e.g., Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower).
  • Redesigned interactive print page makes it easier to print and read driving directions.
  • For users of our dial-up Maps, we have added many of the most popular features from our broadband version (new maps design, multi-point driving direction, one box address entry, integration of Yahoo! Local data), without sacrificing speed or performance.

Stay tuned for related news over the course of 2007, as we start to work with many of our European teams to introduce new in-country Maps sites in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. You can already take a look at Yahoo! Maps India, currently in beta, and up and running on our new platform too.

We hope you enjoy exploring the world on the new Yahoo! Maps, both globally and closer to home.

Jeremy Kreitler, Mike Lawless, Gus Maldonado, Mike Heideman, Rodney Fernandez, Ronny Choie, Jane Jao, and the Yahoo! Maps Team.


Some people may not realize there are two versions of the site. The Broadband version is more feature rich, the Dialup version is most like our traditional website.



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