Geocoding and Routing improvements added to Bing Maps
By Bing Maps Team
January 11, 2018
Geocoding and Routing are core services in mapping platforms. Today, the Bing Maps team is happy to announce improved algorithms and increased coverage support for these services, which also directly improve the coverage of many of the new Bing Maps Fleet Management APIs, such as the Isochrone and Distance Matrix APIs which rely on routing data.
The Bing Maps team has spent several years developing a new backend geocoder, which provides improved matching logic and the ability to make faster data updates. This new geocoder went into production earlier this year, and the Bing Maps developer APIs were seamlessly updated on the backend, thus instantly migrating all users to the new geocoder without any code changes required by them.
In addition to creating a new backend geocoder, the team has been working hard on increasing the support for geocoding globally. Bing Maps ranks the level of geocoding support for each country using the following criteria:
The number of countries in which Bing Maps has Rooftop or Address level detailed coverage has grown from 82 to 109 countries.
Detailed geocoding coverage information can be found here.
Routing Service Improvements
Bing Maps provides routing for the following modes of transportation: cars, trucks, walking and public transit. Bing Maps provides both real-time and predictive traffic based routing. The team is constantly tweaking and improving the algorithms and data to provide more efficient and accurate routes. Bing Maps ranks the level of standard routing support for each country using the following criteria:
The number of countries in which Bing Maps has good routing coverage has grown from 58 to 116 countries.
Detailed routing coverage information can be found here.
Truck routing support was just recently added to Bing Maps and is supported in 80 countries.
Detailed truck routing coverage information can be found here.