Following the signing of an agreement with Nokia last year for delivering better Mapping services to users, Microsoft has announced that its Bing Maps now offer Traffic and Geocoding powered by Nokia’s Backend services.
Starting May 24th, Bing Maps
offers traffic results powered by Nokia in 24 countries where the service is currently available.
The two companies have been focused on ensuring that users receive better relevant mapping information and that they are able to get directions to where they want to go, faster and easier than before.
The list of countries that benefit from the enhancements includes: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and US.
“Our two companies have spent a lot of time working together, sharing information and investigating better ways to provide relevant mapping information to help you find and get to where you’re going more quickly,” the Bing Maps Team notes in a blog post.
The existing traffic coverage in the United States has also been improved with included traffic information for side streets, in addition to delivering such details on freeway traffic.
You can learn more on these improvements through accessing Bing Maps in any of the aforementioned countries. The screenshots attached to this article should prove helpful as well.
Moreover, Bing Maps
is set to start using Nokia’s geocoding services in various markets, so as to deliver enhanced navigation directions to its users.
“This update, while not always visible to users, is another important milestone in our partnership to build the world’s best mapping platform using Nokia and Microsoft’s assets,” the Bing Maps Team explains.
“Together we have enabled a stronger Bing Maps experience and we hope Bing users in these respective countries reap the benefits of our partnership, notice an increase in address search relevance, and enjoy the addition of traffic information.”