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Turn-By-Turn Directions Arrive at OpenStreetMap

I’ll be honest with you and I imagine I’m not alone in this. It used to be the case that if I wanted to figure out how to get from point A to point B, I’ll load MapQuest in my browser and be on my merry way. I’ve long since switched over to Google Maps for this purpose and it’s mostly done the job. If you’d rather take the open source route, though, you’ll be happy to hear that OpenStreetMap has finally added directions to its growing repertoire of features.

Yes, this sounds like such a basic thing. It’s great that OpenStreetMap was effectively able to map practically the whole world on an open-source basis, but it’s another thing altogether when someone needs to know how to get from Yankee Stadium to Eddie Huang’s Baohaus in New York. Yes, it’s true that there are third-party sites that utilize the map data from OpenStreetMap to provide directions, but now you can do it on the actual site itself.

As with Google Maps and Bing Maps, the directions on OpenStreetMap can be provided based on you traveling on foot, by bike or in a car. There’s no public transit support yet. In any case, with this key feature in place, OpenStreetMap may attract more users, which in turn will help the open source project stay as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Give it a try for yourself on OpenStreetMap.org/directions.

Via Gizmodo

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