The Live Maps India team has released an updated version of their consumer site, as well as (for all your Virtual Earth platform lovers out there), an API for accessing the Indian map tiles in your applications via an AJAX Control or SOAP XML Web Services. Check out the list of new features and data updates.
Street Maps for 8 more Indian cities (Nasik, Indore, Sholapur, Surat, Nagpur, Pimpri/Chinchwad, Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula, Panaji/Marmagao) taking the count to 17
Collections Search – In v1, users could create and overlay their information like places of interests, routes, photographs etc. on the map and share it with others. Now with the v2 release:
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B2B API (MONEY!!) – Enterprises and developer community can now create custom map applications for en-IN market.
Virtual Earth Web Services (VEWS)
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EXPLANATORY NOTES ON THE V2 FEATURES
Street Maps: Political Map of India with national roads connecting around 48,000 Indian cities and detailed maps for 17 top cities having important places likes monuments, restaurants, hotels as icons in the maps. Street maps of supported cities have been stitched with Inter-town road network visually and navigationally.
Multipoint Landmark Based Driving Directions: Apart from the standard set of routing features like Intra-city visual driving directions, Intercity integrated routing, One-click driving directions, users can now provide multiple stop points between the start point and end point. Users will see state, city, locality and landmark hints as they drive along the way. In emerging markets like India, road names are missing quite often. In such scenarios, a nameless road can be identified by the important landmarks and/or locality along the road in the driving directions.
· Click driving directions and specify start as Hyderabad to Mysore and add a stop point at Bangalore, the driving direction will take you through Bangalore. Below screen-shot depicts multiple hints along the way.
Collections: Apart from creating collections of pushpins, custom drawings on the maps, routing etc. and saving it with a Windows Live ID for viewing later or sharing it with others, users can now search / explore collections created by others. Below screen shot depicts example of explore collections in Hyderabad.