Billy Lo

Mar 8, 2021

2 min read

Ep. 28 — Is Google Maps still offering me the best route?

I was curious to find out. Is upstart Mapbox just as good or better? Has Apple Maps improved sufficiently? What about the MapQuest which I haven’t explored in a while?

Fortunately, all of them offer their routing engines as APIs. So, it’s possible to build a comparison tool to visualize those routes on the same base map.

I brought all these 8 engines together and created SuperRoute.

Just enter your source and destination of your daily commute or weekend trips, you will be able to see the routes shown in different colors.

  1. 🟦 Google Maps — Directions API

What have I learned en route 🚗 ?

  1. Within cities, routes generated by different engines vary a lot. Take the time to experiment and see what works for your locality.

Learning as a product owner & engineer:

  1. Be conscientious: don’t acquire data unless you really need it for users’ benefits

Hope this helps when we can all travel again!

Happy coding!