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Last year, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Nokia in Mapping. Our two companies have spent a lot of time working together, sharing information and investigating better ways provide relevant mapping information to help you find and get to where you’re going more quickly. Today, we’re excited to announce another important phase in that partnership with the launch of Nokia powered traffic results, which are rolling out today in 24 countries on Bing Maps.
The following countries will see improvements through Bing Maps as a result of our use of Nokia services:
New countries with Traffic
São Paulo, Brazil
Johannesburg, South Africa
We’re also improving our existing traffic coverage in the US to include traffic information for side streets in addition to freeway traffic information. See below for enhanced coverage in Seattle.
In addition to these traffic improvements, Bing Maps will also start to use Nokia’s geocoding services in a number of countries offering improved directions. 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.
Thanks to our friends at Nokia for their dedication along the way. 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 - especially those of you in the US who are adventurous enough to travel during the Memorial Day holiday! /jealous sigh
- The Bing Maps Team
This is good news, but I really hope the same happens with local scout! As in da rep of Ireland local scout doesn't work but if I travel 30miles down the road to northern.Ireland it works perfectly. Its da one feature on windows phone that truly ticks me off as I'd love to have it. All because Bing.ie is in beta still!!! I hope for da luv of god MS fixes this in windows phone 8. Does anyone know if Bing.ie will ever make it out of beta?
Any plans or time line for implementation in Australia?
Is there a new API for traffic information? Does routes API uses the new traffic information?
How about Local Scout? Nokia has a lot of POI data on Nokia Maps here in Brazil that should appear on Local Scout for us, Brazilian users!
Traffic incident data can be access through the Bing Maps REST services as documented here: msdn.microsoft.com/.../hh441728.aspx Traffic tiles can be integrated with the Bing Maps V7 AJAX control using the traffic module msdn.microsoft.com/.../hh312804.aspx
As far as is know , Bing Maps , was always a Navteq Client , Nokia is Navteq owner , so where is the difference? Bings Maps was using an old geocoding Navteq base ?
There is a big difference. There is a lot more data being made available now and there is better logic being used for processing geocoding requests.
When will Traffic be available for Bing Maps on Windows Phone in Germany?
Is the tie-in with Nokia the reason that really useful Multimap features like Nearby Stations (www.bing.com/.../released-bing-maps-uk.aspx) have been removed??
The traffic improvements are great (and were much needed). It was nice to see them automatically appear on my Windows Phone.
Very good new!Bing Maps really played very well :-)
Awesome news folks.
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