Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2017, Vol. 2017 ›› Issue (6): 85-95.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2017.06.008

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A comprehensive study of mapping services in China

ZHANG De-tian, WANG Jia-ao, CHEN Fei   

  1. School of Digital Media, Jiangnan University, Wuxi Jiangsu 214122, China
  • Received:2017-04-20 Online:2017-11-25 Published:2017-11-25

Abstract: The mapping services have been widely used in our daily lives. People can use the services to find their nearest POI (Point of Interests), the shortest travel route from a source location to a destination location, and even life services like booking hotels, calling taxis and so on. Consequently, more and more mapping service providers have emerged in the past years in China, like Baidu Maps, Amap, Sogou Maps, Tencent Maps, Google Maps and Bing Maps. However, there is no existing study on how to select the suitable one for users/developers when they facing so many different mapping service providers. In this paper, we make thorough comparisons and experiments on mobile APPs and Web APIs of the six mapping service providers in China, and present the most three popular native mapping APIs, i.e., Baidu Maps API, Amap API and Sogou Maps API, to give readers a valuable guider for selecting their suitable mapping services.

Key words: mapping services, maps APP, mapping API, comprehensive study, Baidu Maps

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