New Bing Maps Features Can Help Small Businesses and Travelers

Bing Maps recently introduced new features that can help small businesses attract more customers by helping travelers find their way around more easily.

New Bing Maps Features Can Help Small Businesses and Travelers

The new “experiences,” as Bing calls them, include a Distance Calculator App, a Gas Prices Map App, and a Parking Finder Map App. As their name implies, they help travelers figure out how far certain places are, as well as where to get good gas prices along the way and where to park at the destination.

New features make traveling easier

Small businesses can expect more out-of-town visitors with the new features as it will help people enjoy a trip outside their local area without worrying about the logistics of the trip.

Knowing the exact distance, where to get gas, and where to park makes planning a quick trip with Bing Maps much easier for people who like to get outside and enjoy themselves in new places.

Find the nearest and best priced gas stations

Using an example trip from Seattle to San Diego, Bing explains how the Gas Price Map app works: “The Gas Price Map feature is self-explanatory: it finds gas prices within 5 miles of where you are looking. It also acts as a gas station finding app. So we better look at the beginning of our route in Seattle and find the closest gas station with the best price. Since we can run two map apps in different browser pages at the same time, we can still see our route from Seattle to San Diego on the map. This way we can see where these gas stations are in relation to our route. So while Union 76 costs $5.90 a gallon, there is a Shell station that costs $5.52 a gallon and that’s a significant difference of 38 cents a gallon, so it pays to shop around before you go.

“Launching the Gas Prices Map app will load all gas stations as soon as you ask; it is just as fast as the Distance Calculator app because they are all supported by Bing Places and Bing Maps. You will see the brand icons in the left navigation panel with name, address and price information per station, along with pins on the map. Clicking on one of the pins will bring up a comment with the same information, plus the last date and time the information was updated. There is also a link to get directions from Bing Maps. Clicking on one of the gas stations in the left navigation of the app will re-center the map to that gas station.”

Find the perfect parking space

The Parking Finder Map App not only helps you find a parking space, but also uses contextual business information such as addresses, opening hours and phone numbers, which are listed on the side of the map.

Hovering over each P-shaped pin on the map will give you the contextual information and give you information about the type of parking space it is. It will tell you whether it is an indoor or outdoor area, self parking or valet, as well as what types of payments are accepted.

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