New mapping software provides rich and interactive maps of the U.S.

UpNext provides fully searchable maps for the entire United States with its free iOS app. The vector mapping software hopes to give Google Maps a run for its money with its unique navigation features, which allow users to check out buildings, points of interest, and publlic transport in real-time. UpNext’s Danny Moon told TechCrunch:

UpNext is dynamic, Google Maps is static. Google Maps is a navigation-centric map. Its cartography geared toward navigating road networks, relegating other map details to the background. We put special emphasis on making our maps fast, highly stylized, and highly interactive. You can tap on buildings to see the businesses inside; better, you can tap on subway stations to see actual trains moving along the map with estimated arrival times (where the data is available). Making every part of the map interactive is important to us.

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