Aug 27, 2010

New Look & Features for Route Planner

About a month ago we updated Route Planner with some new features and now we have some more updates to announce.  For those of you new to the tool, Route Planner helps you find the most direct route for your trip with multiple destinations.  So if you’ve got a busy day of deliveries or sales appointments planned, we can take your list of destinations and then re-order them to give you the best route.  In other words, no more backtracking!  You can literally save time and money by choosing the ‘Shortest Route’ or ‘Shortest Distance’ option.

As for the recent updates…the first change you’ll notice is Route Planner’s simplified look and feel to the website featuring the New MapQuest brand and style.

MapQuest Route Planner

This update was not just about looks, though. We also now have a new capability under ‘Directions Options’ that allows you to modify your routes after it’s been optimized.  So now you can re-optimize your route as many times as you want.

Here’s some other useful new features:

  • Increased number of destinations – now you can optimize up to 26 stops!
  • Suggestions from your recent search history as you type addresses
  • Ability to drag & drop stops to reorder your route
  • More options to fine-tune your route, including the Avoid option (Avoid Tolls, Highways, etc)

In addition, we wanted to remind you that once you optimize your route, you can ‘Send to’ your GPS (yes, this feature is back!), car or phone.

Since we launched Route Planner in June, we’ve received some great feedback from all of you – we’re so glad that it’s helping so many of you!  Thanks for your continued support – stay tuned to the blog or our Facebook page to know what’s coming next with Route Planner.