DuckDuckGo announced today that its Internet search engine now provides privacy-focused driving and walking directions that are powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework.
“We’ve been providing users with mapping features within DuckDuckGo Search for many years, along the way improving them with greater accuracy, dark mode, local re-querying and more,” the DuckDuckGo announcement notes. “Now we’re excited to announce a big step forward with the introduction of directions – private, as always, and like our embedded maps.”
Now, when you search for a location on DuckDuckGo, you’ll see plan trips—with a route overview, distance and travel time—alongside the normal location and map search results. A new Directions button in the sidebar will let you enter a starting point and a destination, with the starting point defaulting to your current location (which, yes, is anonymous). As with dedicated maps apps, DuckDuckGo with then display the best routes and their estimated durations on a map.
Well known for its privacy principles, DuckDuckGo points out that it will protect your privacy when you use this new functionality.