Archives for MapQuest Mobile Apps

  1. mq_urgently_FB_Jan2015_600x600Receive $50 off your first roadside service request from the MapQuest app!

    When it comes to getting from home to work and beyond, winter brings a different set of challenges to our daily routines. Cold weather and our vehicles don’t get along sometimes. Have you ever accidentally locked your keys in your car while scraping ice and snow off the windshield? Had trouble starting your car in the cold weather? Slide into a curb, break an axle and need a tow? Or, have to abandon your car on the side of the highway in a snow storm?

    At MapQuest, we know winter can be out to get you. That’s why our on-demand, membership-free roadside assistance (powered by is quickly and easily accessible from our app. Request help for common roadside headaches such as lockout, jump starts, tire changes, fuel delivery, and towing services in a just a few taps. No memberships required. No hoops to jump through. No planning needed.

    To request a service, simply select “Roadside Assistance” from the main menu and enter some basic information about your car and where you need help. We display a pricing estimate up-front and won’t charge you until the service is complete. You can even track the tow truck on its route to you and view time of arrival. Oh, did we mention no membership fees?

    This January, Android users can take advantage of our exclusive offer with the Amazon App Store. Here’s how:

    1. Download the MapQuest navigation app from the Amazon App Store.
    2. In the main menu, tap “Roadside Assistance”.
    3. Request help during the month January, and we’ll automatically take $50 off your first service!*

    It’s that simple! With service prices ranging between $50 and $99, you could see huge savings! From MapQuest and our friends at, have a safe winter!

    *View the promo details.



    About the Author

    Austin Brown
    Product Manager, Android App Development
  2. MQ_Urgently_BLogMillions of people think a roadside assistance membership is a necessary annual expense. But what happens to your hard-earned money if you don’t need a tow?  With its national integration of‘s on-demand roadside assistance, MapQuest becomes the first navigation app to provide free access to these help services so you only pay as you need it. 

    MapQuest users across the U.S. can now seamlessly connect with emergency roadside help through our free mobile apps.  It’s the first time people in need of tow, tire change, fuel delivery, jump start or lock out services can contact nearby and available roadside help through’s on-demand platform and extensive, nationwide roadside assistance network without the inconveniences and inefficiencies of traditional memberships or clubs.

    The nationwide, exclusive integration also gives drivers the ability to locate, track and communicate with nearby roadside assistance vehicles, as well as pay for services needed – all without leaving the MapQuest app.

    How It Works offers flat-rate pricing and only charges drivers for services they actually use.  Drivers who find themselves in need of roadside help need only:

    • Open MapQuest’s free navigation app (available in iTunes,PLAY or the Amazon App Store)
    • Tap the “Roadside Assistance” item in the MapQuest menu bar
    • Seamlessly connect to through a unique HTML5 experience that does not require a separate app download

    After receiving vehicle information and a description of the problem, locks in on your location and connects you to a nearby service provider – all within the MapQuest integration.  You can track the service provider’s progress on a map, along with its estimated time of arrival, and you are charged via credit card only after the service is completed to your satisfaction.

    If you haven’t heard of it, is the new, trusted source for roadside assistance. A unique part of the growing on-demand mobile economy, provides a timely, safe and cost-effective roadside assistance experience without a subscription or membership. It offers two-tap, transparent service; clear, flat-rate pricing; and cashless, reliable help for motorists in need of a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, jump start or lock-out service.

    As you gear up for holiday travel and the winter season, I hope you consider using the MapQuest app for all your navigating needs.  And though the best scenario is that you arrive at your destination without any troubles, we know the features will serve you well if the need arises.

    Download the MapQuest app or update to the latest version today!

    About the Author

    Austin Brown
    Product Manager, Android App Development
  3. Introducing Commute by MapQuestStuck in the morning rush hour and missed that first meeting?  Freeway a parking lot and missed your kid’s soccer game?  We’ve all been there.  It’s no fun.  And since your commute sets the mood for what happens after you arrive, wouldn’t you want to know before you go?

    That was the thinking behind MapQuest’s new standalone app, “Commute,” that hit Amazon, iTunes and PLAY app stores today.  “Commute” by MapQuest simplifies the daily drive and delivers more convenience to your everyday route. 

    It’s the simplest app for information about your daily routine: Commute monitors route conditions and proactively alerts the user to travel times or impactful incidents to better lay expectations for the drive to and from work, school or a daily drive. 

    Commute is a mobile app for folks interested solely in getting accurate real-time information available on their commute pushed to them every day.  And while Commute serves a specific experience, we also continue to invest in our free navigation apps across all platforms, recently launching enhanced traffic and alternate route features.  These and other features from our comprehensive navigation apps complement the standalone Commute experience. 

    To get started on all smartphone platforms, download the free Commute app and enter some basic information. You will then start receiving notifications 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure, with information like an understanding of arrival time based on your preferred departure information, and what can be expected along this route based on the most current road conditions. 

    Commuting outside of your scheduled times or wanting to add extra stops to your drive?  Link directly from Commute to MapQuest’s free navigation app for a more robust experience: alternate routes, voice-guided directions, customized routes to fit a to-do list or even recommendations for local discovery. 

    To download MapQuest’s free Commute or navigation apps, visit iTunes, PLAY, or the Amazon Appstore to get started.

  4. MapQuest Awards 199 Amazon Coins for In-app Purchases 

    DENVER (June 16, 2014) – MapQuest, Inc., today launched a weeklong promotion offering 199 free Amazon Coins, Amazon’s virtual currency used to purchase apps, games and in-app items, to users who download the free MapQuest navigation app within the Amazon Appstore from a Kindle Fire or other Android  device, along with the purchase of an an MLB team kit.



  5. Travel is more fun today, isn’t it?  Travel is easier, more intuitive, more fulfilling and just plain better.  If you had asked the good people who founded MapQuest in 1996, I think they would have shared that their hope for this — the pioneer provider of online maps and directions — would be to do just that: Make travel better.

    Nearly two decades later, that’s why we MapQuest folk get out of bed every day.  Our teams around the country and partners across the globe spend literally every second on the job working, yes, to improve travel, but also to expand your idea of how we can help make your DAY better.

    As consumers, we look for help making 254,800 decisions each year.  It’s exhausting!  Just trying to decide what’s for dinner or where to take fido for a groom can spin the day in a sour direction.

    But what if that didn’t have to happen?  What if MapQuest were there to help with the most remedial decisions required every day?

    Friends, that day is here.  If you haven’t checked out the new MapQuest Local experience launched just last month, that’s a good place to start.

    • Taking Timmy to a soccer game and need to have dinner waiting when you get home?  Review menus and order online from hundreds of thousands of restaurants nationwide.
    • Did your favorite professional hockey team surprise everyone and make it to the second round?  Let us help you try and find last-minute tickets.

    And don’t miss the myriad of other functionalities from booking an appointment and checking your flight status to finding a hotel or making a dinner reservation. It’s the beginnings of what we believe will be the best single source of local discovery and experience on the planet.

    Though we find people appreciate printed directions and riding shotgun with them, millions have taken a liking to our free, re-imagined navigation apps launched late in 2013.  Our heralded iOS and Android apps focus on the three most important areas for our consumers:

    • Safety: Our upside-down mode means you don’t have to monkey with your phone to navigate the road.  Keep your hands on the 10-and-2, and we’ll flip things around for you.
    • Accuracy: Nobody in this business offers the plethora of algorithms we do to get you there, even if road conditions change and an alternate route is required.
    • Relevancy: Driving more than a few hours on your trip?  Drag and drop the map icon to find hotel options along your route.

    There’s a lot to see and do with the new MapQuest these days, and while we hope you take a peek at these meaningful offerings, we’re not even close to being done with them.  Keep an eye on us these next few months as we continue to roll out features to make the every day better.  Because it’s what happens AFTER you get there that matters, isn’t it?

    We’d love to hear from you!  Tell us what you think and what you want: @MapQuest or

    About the Author

    General Manager, MapQuest
  6. Just in time for Opening Day, MapQuest and announced an official partnership delivering MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “ At the Ballpark” smartphone app, as well as integrated into and all 30 MLB team websites.

    The MapQuest integration into the “ At the Ballpark” app and responsive, mobile-optimized sites now make it easier for fans to find their way to games throughout the 2014 season.  As part of the official partnership, MapQuest created custom-branded MLB team experiences, available within its iOS and Android apps and developed original MLB content to enhance local experiences. MapQuest and are also co-creating an original video series for MLB fans and MapQuest users alike, expected to debut in May 2014.

  + MapQuest Integrations

    MapQuest traffic-influenced rerouting accommodates for game-day traffic to get game-goers there for the first pitch.  Available today, and MapQuest’s integrations include:

    MapQuest for iOS and Android Apps:  Super fans can customize their free MapQuest apps by upgrading to a premium team experience for $1.99:

    *   Team Colors and Map Icons: Customized with team’s colors and four logo options

    *   Baseball-themed Progress Bar: Customized industry-first ETAstatus bar with a baseball icon

    *   Field Wallpaper: Background menu image

    *   Team Start Screen: Team loading screen (Android Only)

   Optimized experience for mobile with MapQuest-powered mapping and desktop-to-mobile directions from the “At the Ballpark iOS and Android apps.


    Put some mustard on that app and download your favorite team’s experience.  And if you can’t decide where your loyalty stands, we’ve got 29 more team options to choose from.  Though we’re not taking sides, we do hope our Blake Street Neighbors make a run for Rocktober.

    Click here if your mascot is of the domestic type.
















    Did you know you could customize your map icon in our iPhone and Android apps? The map icon marks your position on the map and while the default is a basic blue dot, we offer 25 other icons to help you add a little pizzaz to your MapQuest app, free! In the most recent update, we’ve added cat and dog icons to the mix, paying homage to fido and our feline companions. Show your furry friends a little love and customize your map icon! Here’s how:

    1. Open your MapQuest app for iPhone or Android. Need the app? Click here.
    2. Click the menu icon, then click “Settings”
    3. Click “My theme” or “My Position Icon” and choose your map icon

    Feedback? We love feedback! Get in touch.

  8. Let’s be honest. Getting places on time is stressful. Being late can have many consequences, so it’s no wonder some of the most used and discussed features across all of MapQuest are our ETA-based solutions. We estimate your arrival time based on your specific route, traffic, and other road conditions to help you better plan for what’s ahead. Since millions rely on these estimates to navigate and plan their trips of all types, we take this pretty seriously. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve and we take pride in giving all the information needed to make a cool, calm, on-time arrival.

    When re-designing our mobile navigation apps last November, we kept ETA top of mind and launched an industry-first ETA status bar in our iPhone and Android apps. Today, we are excited to announce some significant improvements in how we calculate ETA in our iPhone app and, soon, our Android app. ETA is now more responsive to traffic conditions than ever before and, in combination with our automatic traffic re-routing feature, you can impress your friends, family, and boss with your punctuality and effortless navigation style.

    While others are sweating it out in standstill traffic, know that your navigation app is giving you the most desirable route and ETA. Haven’t tried the new MapQuest app for iPhone and Android? Get it today.


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  9. Cup holders. When it comes to your vehicle, your cup holders aren’t just for keeping your beverage snug and secure around sharp turns and bumps in the road. They hold loose change, lip balm, rubber bands and even our cell phones. This got us thinking—why don’t most mobile applications display properly when your phone is upside down, charging in the cup holder?

    Introducing, “Upside-Down” mode! The latest feature in our new, made for iOS 7 navigation app is designed to help you get to your favorite places while your iPhone re-charges in it’s usual upside down position, cozy in the cup holder. Now you can see your next turn and the traffic ahead no matter which angle your phone rests at. Nice.

    Get the iPhone app today or update yours to the latest version (4.0.5) to get “Upside-Down” mode!

  10. Voice Guided, Turn-by-Turn Directions Just Got A Facelift

    We’re excited to announce the launch of our beautifully redesigned mobile navigation app (iPhone/Android). Our product and engineering teams went back to the drawing board and have completely re-imagined our flagship mobile app from the ground up. Launching today, our new MapQuest mobile app offers a personalized navigation experience that’s both easy-to-use and safe for everyday drivers. We’re so proud to present an app that better connects drivers to routes that shape their everyday lives. But this app is just more than a handy navigation app with cool features – it also represents a new era for MapQuest. We’re bigger, better, savvier and more responsive than ever.


    The new MapQuest navigation app is available for iOS7 and Android and offers several new features, including:

    • High-resolution vector maps- Our beautifully designed maps offer improved quality and resolution, enhanced zoom features and beautiful new cartography.
    • New interactive map layers and customizable category buttons – These features make finding nearby business and popular locations quick and easy.
    • An industry first ETA status bar – This status bar informs users of time and distance to their destination, as well as anticipated in-route traffic.
    • Advanced navigation features - These include voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic re-routing.
    • One-click point of interest and location sharing - Send your location or destination out via social media, SMS or email.

    Get it now! Our new app is available FREE in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download, start it up and set off for adventure! We can’t wait to hear how it’s working for you.

    For more information about the features of our new app, visit here. For media inquiries, please get in touch here.