MapQuest launches its own StreetView clone: “360 View”

Less than two weeks after Microsoft launched “Streetside” imagery to compete with Google’s StreetView, MapQuest has done the same.  They call it “360 View”, and it’s remarkably similar to Microsoft and Google’s offerings.

Like many of the “new” features on MapQuest lately, it’s far behind what Google has already done, and it’s not nearly as good.  Not only is their coverage area a fraction of what Google has done, but the quality of the imagery doesn’t seem to be as sharp.  It’s not horrible, but it’s a bit disappointing.

They cover approximately 45 cities in the United States, though the depth of coverage is rather shallow.  I’d expect that to improve over time.

Check it out by visiting MapQuest.com, then clicking the blue “360 View” icon in the upper-right corner of the map.  You’ll want to zoom out pretty far to find the available cities.

(via Mapperz)

Comments

  1. Thanks for the hints! If you look at the bottom-lef corner, you see that the images come from IMC, the company that initially provided images for Google Streetview. Hopefully, the exited from the exclusive agreement they initially signed. Now they are simply reselling their database to anyone who may want to re-use it!

  2. g street view is one of the best features that google maps has, i’m glad that mapquest added this feature as well to their already fantastic site!

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