MapQuest Adds Aerial Images

MapQuest-Minneapolis

MapQuest sure isn’t the first mapping company to offer aerial images. Google and now MSN take it a step further and have their own 3D versions of aerial imagery.

What makes this nice is MapQuest has long been one of the top visited Web sites out there. This brings aerial imagery to the millions of people who do not spend all day online, many of whom don’t even know it exists. Back in 1998 when we were all sifting through irrelevant Alta Vista results from our AOL browsers (admit it), people were also flocking to MapQuest to find maps and driving directions, their core solutions to this day.

It will be interesting to see how they integrate this with their current business solutions for travel clients such as Travelocity or Orbitz.

Minneapolis hotels available through Orbitz

This screenshot is pretty familiar, it’s a basic shot from Orbitz on hotels available in downtown Minneapolis. It certainly does the job, but detailing out more aerial shots would be slick.

Interestingly enough (or maybe not), the example MapQuest shows in the top image is a famous landmark a good 2000+ miles west of here.

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