If you are like most of us, when you need to look up an address or find directions to some location you probably go to Google maps first. However, if you want to find the most efficient route to a destination, you may want to head over to the new experimental Bing maps page. Bing is the latest iteration of the Microsoft search engine and the new map version runs on Silverlight and incorporates the ability to create apps on top of the map engine.

While Google maps has the ability to show traffic information, it doesn't automatically re-route you around backups, something Bing can do. Bing map apps are also available to show information like available parking spaces to help you to avoid driving around aimlessly in search of a parking space. We know that's not a good thing.

Of course, these features are really only useful if you can see them in real time while in the car, not sitting at your desk at home. We also need the ability to calculate the most fuel efficient route based on traffic, distance, stops and average speeds along the route. The shortest route may or may not be the fastest or most efficient. If Microsoft could create version to run on smartphones or in cars to provide updated data on the go, we'd really be set.

[Source: ReadWriteWeb]


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