Bing Maps has just launched a new “hyperlocal” Bing Maps application, the Portland-based “Food Cart Finder.” As the name implies, this map app helps the hungry spot one of the city’s many mobile food carts in real-time. At present, it tracks over 250 food carts in this test venture. If successful, the service will expand nationally.
When you load up the app for the first time, you’ll see the mobile food carts represented on the map (hilariously) as sporks, not pushpins. You can then filter vendors by prices, neighborhood, features and cuisine.
The Food Cart Finder isn’t Bing’s first map app with a hyperlocal focus. “Local Lens,” which launched in February is probably the most notable of Bing’s hometown-focused mapplications. This app displays blog posts and news articles as an additional map layer across a select number of U.S. cities. For example, an article about road construction would be pinned to the area of the highway being worked on. A robbery story would be pinned to the house or business where it took place.
Oodle Rentals is also a somewhat hyperlocal map app, too, as it allows you to search for and locate nearby rental properties from classified site oodle.com. All of these map apps and more can be found at bing.com/maps.