Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has had maps integrated for years. Users could open the Maps part of the offering to look up places powered by Apple's MapKit JS Framework. One thing that was missing up until now was the ability to get directions using Maps on DuckDuckGo.
The company announced this week that it has added the much requested feature (according to DuckDuckGo), to its Maps service. DuckDuckGo users may get walking and driving directions now when they use Maps on the site.
The location-based information are isolated and discarded after use according to the announcement.
In the case of location-related searches, your browser sends location information which we isolate from any personal information the browser sends, and which we discard after use, enabling us to provide anonymous localized results and features.
Using Maps and the new directions feature is quite easy. When you run a search for a place on DuckDuckGo's main site, you will notice that a small map is displayed on the right. A click on the map or on the directions button that is displayed opens the maps interface. You may also run any query and click on Maps to open it, or use the shortcut !ddgm followed by the name of a place to open the Maps interface right away.
A click on the Directions button pulls directions using your location by default, but you can change the "from" and "to" parameters easily using the interface.
The directions part of Maps displays several route options if available, with the fastest route selected by default.
The new directions options adds a missing piece of functionality to the Maps feature. It may be an option for users of DuckDuckGo who prefer private searches over Maps services that are less privacy-focused or not at all. The directions feature has a few usability issues, it is for instance not possible to click on a different place to replace one of the two direction locations.
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