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  1. We had a big year at MapQuest and we wanted to thank you for being a part of it!
    Here’s just a quick run down of the 2012 highlights:

    MapQuest Discover

    In the fall we debuted MapQuest Discover, a photo-rich travel board where you can plan your next adventure, share photos of places and cities you’ve been, get inspired by great trip guides from our MapQuest travel writers, or even learn about new places to visit from other people like you. More

    MapQuest Local

    MapQuest Vibe expanded into MapQuest Local. Now you can get insider info like travel guides, reviews & ratings, best restaurants, your friend’s activity, and more for hundreds of cities and all 50 states. More

    Mobile Apps

    We’ve been working hard on our free iPhone and Android apps, so that cheap gas and voice-guided directions that beat traffic are only a tap away. More



    MapQuest.com

    The year saw changes to the site that allow you to hide the steps out of your neighborhood, find the cheapest gas and easily view the best places in any neighborhood.More

    MapQuest API

    For the developers out there, we released our iOS and Android Map APIs, which brings flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and beautiful maps to your own mobile apps. We also refreshed the styling on our Open Map Tiles, updated our Open JavaScript API, and released our Open Geocoding API. More

    MapQuest Culture

    From community gardens to clothing drives, picnics to holiday parties, we made it a point to be active in the community again this year. And with lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline, we’re continually looking for talented folks to join us.



    Big Plans for 2013

    In 2013, you’ll see us continue to improve what you’ve come to love about MapQuest, including exciting new products that move us further along in our vision for the future: to inspire your travel time, family time, free time, anytime; wherever the map meets your life.

    Every month, 36+ MILLION* of you shared the journey with us.
    Looking forward to another great year with you!

    Onward!
    Your friends at:

    MapQuest

    * Source: Avg over calendar year, comScore 2012

  2. Fuel prices are finally trending down a bit, but with the nationwide average still well above $3.00 per gallon it still makes sense to find the best deal when you stop to fill up.

    The MapQuest Gas Prices site has been helping drivers find those best deals for years, and we’re happy to report we’ve freshened it up. The new design makes it easier for you to find gas stations sorted either by proximity or cheapest nearby, and select your preferred fuel type (premium, diesel, etc.). We’ve also used a device-responsive design so it will work better on smartphones and tablets, and streamlined updates so that prices are now refreshed up to three times per day.





    Also, if you haven’t tried the free MapQuest Gas Prices apps for iPhone or Android, go to the App Store or Google Play and take them for a spin. They may just help you save some cash to pay off those holiday bills!

    Drive safe, and enjoy the Holidays.

  3. Fall has arrived, and that means Thanksgiving trips to visit family, leaf-peeping drives, and (we hope) an early start to the ski season! That all translates to lots of driving, and in these times of volatile gas prices we’d all like to save a few dollars when we fill up.

    MapQuest is happy to introduce our MapQuest Gas Prices app for iPhone and Android, now available free on the App Store and Google Play. With this handy app you can easily find the best gas prices near you – whether out on that fall road trip, commuting home, or just running errands around town. The app will automatically find your location and show nearby gas stations, allow filtering by gas type (diesel and E85 users take note), and let you drill down to view available amenities like convenience stores and restaurants. You can even set Favorites to quickly compare gas prices at your preferred stations.

    Download the FREE MapQuest Gas Prices app to your iPhone or Android today and start saving on your next tankful!

  4. Some of you may be familiar with our MapQuest app, which pioneered free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation on iPhone. Today we released an all-new version. MapQuest 3.0 has been completely redesigned and rewritten from the ground up to give you an incredible mapping, searching and turn-by-turn navigation experience on your iPhone, all for free.

    When navigating, we put the most important route information front and center, letting you process it quickly. Our search functionality has been vastly improved, making it faster and easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to the features our users already rely on — like our one-touch search, trustworthy directions, business information and reviews, real-time traffic conditions, and multi-stop routes — we’ve also added some new functionality to MapQuest 3.0:

    • Cleaner user interface – Experience the easier-to-use design
    • Heads-up display for navigation – View important information at a glance
    • Gas prices – Find the cheapest gas prices near you while on the go
    • Live traffic cameras – See what the traffic looks like ahead to avoid congestion
    • Greatly improved search – Find your destination with ease
    • Enhanced audio performance – More reliable performance with less data consumption
    • Landscape mode – Use any aspect of the app in landscape view — makes typing easier

    MapQuest for iPhone has come a long way since its first release in 2009. We know you’re going to love this new version and we can’t wait to hear what you think!

    Download MapQuest 3.0 right now (for free) from the App Store and get exploring!

  5. Aug 19, 2011

    The New Price of Gas

    Declining gas pricesThe automotive travel industry gets a glimpse of hope with gas prices starting to decline.  The drop in prices is bittersweet for people like you and I though, as the cause for the decrease is the United States economic volatility.  As of this past week, the cost for crude oil is now as low as $85 a barrel and the average price per gallon has dropped 9 cents and is still declining. This is great news for motorists looking to travel Labor Day Weekend because prices could be as low as $3.00 a gallon.

    What that means is a 25-cent-per-gallon price decrease saves the average driver about $4 per week, based on driving 20,000 miles per year in a car that gets 25 mpg. Depending on your car and driving habits savings could be even more.

    MapQuest has a way to find the best savings with MapQuest Gas Prices. Just enter your address and it provides a map of your area with the current gas prices listing from lowest to highest. The results stay updated to show you where to find the best pump everyday. You can also use this site to check out the highest and lowest gas price in the U.S. or take advantage of the gas price calculator.

    For more information on National Gas Trends go to AAA’s Weekend Gas Watch.

  6. Bogged down by expensive gas prices? You can now save time and money on MapQuest by finding the cheapest gas at gas stations near you. In addition to our MapQuest Gas Prices site, gas prices are now conveniently integrated directly into www.mapquest.com. MapQuest makes it easy for you to find and see accurate fuel prices for gas stations near your home, along your commute, or on your next road trip.

    MapQuest’s gas prices are:

    • Highly accurate and most are updated several times per day
    • Easy to find and see while you’re getting a map or driving directions on www.mapquest.com
    • Available for all major fuel types including alternative fuels
    • A smart way to save money wherever you plan to go
    Gas stations search results with gas price information.

    Select the "Gas" icon from the toolbar to see gas stations and prices along a route or on your current map.

    To find gas prices along a route…

    • Get directions from “Point A” to “Point B” such as “Denver, CO” to “Breckenridge, CO”.
    • Click the “Gas Station” icon in the Toolbar above the map to see the cheapest gas stations along your route.

    To find gas stations on your current MapQuest map…

    • Get a map of any address or place.
    • Click the “Gas Station” icon in the Toolbar above the map to see the cheapest gas stations. within your current map view. Zoom in and zoom out to change the map area and view updated gas stations and prices.

    MapQuest’s gas prices are highly accurate because we update most fuel prices at gas stations nationally up to seven times per day using cost per gallon data from credit card transactions and other sources.  You can select from Regular, Mid-Grade, Premium, Diesel, E-85 and Bio-Diesel fuel-type prices in the drop-down menu to filter gas stations and prices based on your personal auto’s needs.

    Gas Prices Dropdown Sample

    To select alternative fuel types, use the Fuel Type drop-down.

    You can even get gas prices on the go with MapQuest’s new Android App!

    Wishing you some convenient gas cost-savings and safe travels this Memorial Day weekend!

  7. Go green – it’s something I think we all really want to do, but frankly, it can sometimes be inconvenient!  Well, good news – MapQuest’s earth-friendly tools are super helpful and you’ll get the internal satisfaction of giving Mother Earth a big ol’ hug.

    Save Paper.  Go Mobile.
    Next time you get directions on MapQuest.com, try sending directions to your mobile phone instead of printing.  When you use our Send To Mobile tool, we’ll send you a text message.  Just click the link and the directions you planned online will be available right there on your mobile.  It’s incredibly easy and you’ll save paper and ink.

    If you’re already on the go, you can also choose to plan your entire trip from your mobile device.  MapQuest’s iPhone and Android app offers voice-guided directions (yes, it’s just like a GPS!) and it’s free.  If you’re on a different device, you can use our mobile website (http://m.mapquest.com).

    Transit, Bike and Walking Directions
    Hopping in the car is second nature to most of us, but why not try alternative transportation next time?  We can route you there based on the transportation mode you prefer – transit, bike or walking.  Just pick your mode of green transport and we’ll get you where you need to go.

    Alternative Fuel Prices
    With gas prices rising, many of you have been using our Gas Prices site to find the gas station near you with the cheapest gas prices, but did you know you can also use the tool to find stations with alternative fuel? Just click on the drop down and you can choose from Biodiesel, electric, hydrogen and many other fuel options.

    Drive Less
    Even if you drive a super-green hybrid, choosing the most efficient route saves extra time in the car.  MapQuest’s Route Planner tool lets you enter up to 26 locations and will reorder it based on the shortest or quickest route.

    Hope these tools are helpful this Earth Day and the rest of the year!

  8. MapQuest, helps drivers find the lowest prices on gas in their hometowns, near the office or just out for errands.  According to INRIX, drivers are experiencing an average 10 percent increase in travel times*, news that comes on the heels of the U.S. Energy Department’s projection for continued increase in gas prices through the spring and summer**.  MapQuest helps drivers keep an eye on fuel costs and the lowest gas prices within a searched area with tools found at gasprices.mapquest.com.

    Find the Lowest Prices on Gas
    MapQuest’s gas pricing tool is quick and easy to use.  At gasprices.mapquest.com, simply select a city and state or type in a zip code to find the lowest-priced gas in that area.  Additional specifications can be made such as alternative fuel stations or different fuel grades, as well as sorting stations by distance or price.  To use the gas consumption calculator at the top of the map, drivers must enter their total trip distance, miles per gallon, and the cost per gallon.

    Additional tools on MapQuest.com may help consumers plan more effectively with replacement options, including:

    • Alternate Routes: This tool offers between three and five alternative route options that may provide a more efficient route or that may lead drivers by gas stations offering lower prices.
    • Map Toolbar:  Perhaps a lunch-break trip to the convenience store may save the gas it would take to drive there on the way home.  The business locator, found on the map toolbar, pinpoints businesses in the searched area pertaining to a specific need or interest.
    • Pedestrian Routing:  Running those errands can be even easier with simple pedestrian directions from MapQuest.  The new nationwide pedestrian mode allows walking travelers to be routed down one-way streets, pedestrian malls, through parks and along designated paths.
    • Transit Routing: Additionally, a new rail transit option links the pedestrian mode with public rail transportation routing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston, reaching roughly 90 percent of the nation’s rail ridership.***

    *Fourth Annual INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, March 8, 2011

    **U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 9, 2011

    ***American Public Transportation Association

  9. With summer fast approaching, many families are beginning to plan their vacations. A national increase in the price of fuel has many people looking for ways to save fuel, both on vacation and in their daily commute. According to a recent Energy Information Administration report, the national average gas price this summer will hover near $3.00, approximately a $0.50 increase from last year.

    Whether you are planning a family road trip this summer or just trying to save money on trips around town, here are a few fast and simple ways to improve your consumption and find the best deals on fuel.

    Find the Best Deals on Gas
    The MapQuest Gas Prices feature can save you money by finding the cheapest places to fill up in your area. The tool is simple. Either select a city and state or type in a zip code to find the cheapest gas prices in that area. You can find alternative fuel stations or different fuel grades and sort stations by distance and price. Our gas finder tool makes it easy to find the best deal on gas prices.

    Find the cheapest gas in your area with MapQuest Gas Prices!

    Calculate the Cost of Gas for Your Trip
    MapQuest Gas Prices also features a Gas Price Calculator, a tool that calculates total cost of gas for your trip. All you have to do is enter your trip distance, miles per gallon and cost per gallon and the calculator will let you know approximately what you’ll be spending on gas for that trip.

    Improve your Gas Consumption
    To improve fuel consumption, the US Department of Energy suggests altering your driving habits as well as properly maintaining your vehicle. Maintaining proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage up to 3.3 percent. Try to avoid excess idling or speeding, as both dramatically decrease vehicle efficiency.

    No matter if it is a long-weekend trip or a cross-country excursion you are planning this summer, check out these tools to help save on gas and find the best places to fill up.

  10. You may think of MapQuest just as a maps site, but with all the features we’ve added over the last year, we’re branching out to be a travel resource for millions of consumers. Users are finding valuable services such as our Gas Prices site or finding out what’s going on around them using our Local site to enhance their overall travel experience. Whether they’re finding what’s nearby home or what to do at their far-away destination, more MapQuest users are using us for a variety of valuable travel features.

    As proof of the popularity of our expanded resources, Hitwise, a leading online intelligence service, recently presented MapQuest with awards in the Travel-Maps category. Every quarter, Hitwise recognizes the 10 most popular websites in over a 160 categories.

    For the forth quarter of 2008, MapQuest is proud to have earned three awards:

    The Hitwise Top 10 Award Program is based on popularity according to the market share of user visits a website receives compared to other websites in their industry during a specific period.