AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal. But it’s not leaving them on autopilot, either. We’ve confirmed there are plans to overhaul MapQuest, its mapping business, later this year.
Part of that includes a deal with developer mapping platform startup Mapbox, which will provide new rendering for MapQuest’s maps.
We were tipped off to changes because of a tweet claiming AOL would be shutting down MapQuest’s internal mapping capabilities and switching to Mapbox. Then, just earlier today, the Washington Post ran a feature on MapQuest that also noted an upcoming overhaul of the product. We understand this product refresh is likely to launch this fall.
While we have yet to nail down a lot of the details of how the overhauled MapQuest will look, here’s what we know so far:…
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