Yahoo Inc. has redesigned its online maps to make it easier to get driving directions to multiple destinations and find local merchants.

Yahoo is trying match some of Google's features, such as the ability to scroll across a map without reloading a Web page, as well as introducing tools that haven't been available previously on the Internet.

"There are four or five 'only at Yahoo' features" included in the upgrade, said Paul Levine, Yahoo's general manager of local services.

Some of the new “only at Yahoo” features:

- Ability to obtain driving directions to several different city locations and have all the routes simultaneously displayed on the same Web page.

- Yahoo also is including user reviews and phone numbers of local merchants located near the site of the mapping request.

Related Link: Yahoo! Local Maps beta