Improves Speed, Accuracy and Comprehensiveness.
If there’s one thing we obsess about at C2G, its creating absolutely seamless experiences that delight our users, and so its with great excitement that we announce today that we’ve enabled the Google Maps autocomplete functionality on Cost2Drive just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
When we first launched Cost2Drive.com we thought we had created a pretty simple user interface to our application, and that’s been supported by all the positive feedback we’ve received. But we’ve also noticed a pattern of feedback related to issues users were having around getting Cost2Drive to recognize certain addresses. As we investigated this further, we discovered this is often related to one of two issues:
- The location was not recognized by the Google Maps API
- The user misspelled or mistyped parts of the address
These issues are further compounded by the fact that Cost2Drive is attracting a traveling audience, and as a result many of the destinations being entered are not technically geographic locations. For example, Disney World and Disneyland have been entered over 3,000 times so far this year. Other examples include geographically ambiguous locations like the Outer Banks in North Carolina, which used to result in an error message in our application.
Well not anymore. Right on the cusp of the peak summer driving season we’re excited to launch this new feature which not only recognizes non-geographic locations like theme parks but also dramatically reduces the time required to enter long addresses. This is even more helpful when accessing Cost2Drive.com from a mobile device, where every keystroke counts.
And best of all, bad spellers like myself will finally have a crutch to fall back on when entering locations. Here’s an interesting tidbit from our search logs, Niagara Falls is misspelled over 30% of the time its entered as a destination, but now with autocomplete never again!
Let us know what you think of the new feature. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend and if you’re looking for some wonderful road trip ideas check out the 20 Memorable Memorial Day Road Trips we posted last year. They’re available in Google Maps and look awesome on an iPad!