The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide.

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Driving Direction – New!

Transit Direction

  • Improved performance by reducing engine average response time by 27% without quality degradation
  • China is now the first VE market to ship both Driving and Transit Directions

VE China API

  • Enabled server side logging for VE China API.
  • Upgraded China API to latest V6.2

Real-time traffic:

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  • Added coverage for Shanghai - We now provide real-time traffic for Beijing and Shanghai.

Send-to-mobile

  • Switched to new SMS channel with better coverage (GSM and CDMA) and higher success rate (>97%)

Local Search

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  • Improved Coverage for Map Answer and Phonebook Answer
  • Map Answer triggered by query pattern “location + map (地图)”, e.g. search for “北京 地图”
  • Rich UX in Phonebook Answer with map thumbnail (currently at 5% flight), e.g. search for “上海 ATM”
  • Phonebook Answer triggered by location detection

Data updates

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  • 337 cities with street level map (previously 289);
  • 10M POI/YP records (previously 7M) for 337 cities (previously 114);
  • 600+ categories for Local Search (previously 200+)
  • ~15K crawled and merged records in POI/YP data

I need to track down all these international sites. We're going worldwide so fast!

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