Dec 11, 2009

Street-Level Imagery Comes To MapQuest.com as "360 View"

Editor’s note: 360 View is no longer available on MapQuest.com. [August 24, 2011]

With 2009 quickly coming to a close, we at MapQuest have a few more tricks up our sleeve before we all ring-in the New Year. One surprise that we are particularly excited about is our new “360 View“. That’s right, street-level imagery has come to MapQuest.com, just in time for the holidays!

What is 360 View?
As the name implies, 360° view provides fantastic panoramic views (360° horizontally and 160° vertically) of any given image within the 360 View coverage area (initially 30 cities and 15 13 suburbs across the United States with more to come). We have studied our industry, gleaning tidbits here and there, and polled our customer base in creating a simple, easy-to-use interface that fits seamlessly into the MapQuest mapping experience you have come to know and understand. Best of all, MapQuest 360 View “just works” without requiring any non-standard 3rd party player downloads.

How do I use 360 View?
I don’t want to read the instructions below, just show me the video!
For those that want to read the instructions, continue below.

If you live in a major US metro area within our scope of coverage, you will notice a button labeled “360 View” along the top-left side of the map in our “Maps” or “Directions” tabs. Once you have found the button, the rest is easy:

  1. Complete your location search by entering your information in the MapQuest search fields as you normally would.
  2. Click to enable the “360 View” button and you will quickly see the orange coverage lines that denote 360 View coverage within your specific Map view.
  3. Click the “Launch 360 View” link in the info bubble to open the 360 View Player.

360 View Player Mode
Once you have clicked on a location and entered the 360 View Player, you will notice that we have utilized an intuitive, side-by-side display of the street-level imagery and the regular street map. Convenient huh?

In the actual player pane (left-side) you have a few choices available for your “maneuvering delight”. You can click on the orange dots to advance your direction–either forward, left or right. And you can also click and drag the image itself to pan horizontally or vertically to change your direction/bearing.

The map view (right-side) is quite handy as well. Moving the green arrow along the map moves your view in the player pane to the left. Don’t like where you are and want another location? Use the map control slider to zoom out, then hover over your new location, and click the info bubble to enter a new location.

Keep in mind that when you interact in one pane, it is reflected in the other. For example when you click the dots in the player pane, the green arrow in the map pane moves accordingly and visa-versa.

Find a city, pick a location and start playing! We hope you enjoy seeing MapQuest.com through a new lens! Stay tuned, as 2010 will bring new features to the product as well as new US cities to our coverage area.
To see the latest videos, screenshots and feature enhancements, visit: MapQuest.com/360

Enjoy The Additional 360 View Images: