Microsoft has introduced some new features to Bing Maps this week that look to make the Google Maps competitor a one-stop destination for trip planning.
Bing continues to add overlay data on top of its mapping application rather than relying on third-party mashups and its becoming increasingly useful in doing so.
The first of the three new features is a Distance Calculator Map App that helps you to find out how far it is from point A to point B. It will tell you the distance flying, driving and bussing. If you feel like adding a few stops along the way, it will let you add as many of those as you’d like to, so you can plan out different legs of a trip.
In addition to distance calculation, Bing has also added apps to find gas prices and parking places. Both operate rather simply – zoom in on an area of the map and get results. For the gas prices, if you enter an address, it will provide you with gas prices within a 5-mile radius. Makers for each location dot the map, while the price, name, brand, and location are listed in a sidebar.
via ReadWriteWeb by Mike Melanson on 5/20/10