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August 11, 2006 at 12:31 PM

Mapquest vs. Google Maps: Who’s better?

Techpoint compares routes on Mapquest and Google Maps and finds some interesting differences.

From Detroit to Tallahassee, for example, Mapquest says the drive would take nearly 16 hours while Google says it would take 21 hours.

I thought I’d do a quick comparison on a more local level. Driving from Seattle to Walla Walla, according to Mapquest, would take four hours and 25 minutes and cover nearly 273 miles.

Google Maps says the drive would take five hours and 14 minutes and cover 272 miles.

Google Maps was partly developed by the Google team in Puget Sound, a region where some people seem to drive really slowly (or perhaps just really politely). Maybe the enjoy-the-scenery style of driving here has rubbed off on Google?

The speed freaks over at Microsoft, meanwhile, say the drive would only take four hours and 15 minutes.

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