HLS Release Notes

June 2019 Release Notes

By Nic Raboy | 22 July 2019

These are D106 (June 2019) release notes that describe the improvements to the services in the new release. This release includes updates of: Maps API for JavaScript, Routing API, Fleet Telematics API and Mobile SDK.

The Highlights:

  • Maps API for JavaScript 3.1 with new vector data-based map rendering engine
  • Map customization tool for designing map styles
  • Mobile SDK now available for China

You will find all API documentation on the Developer Portal.

For more detailed information about the major improvements of the HERE Location Suite Services and Products, see the sections below.

Maps API for JavaScript

Version 3.1

  • New WebGL based rendering engine
    • customization of the map’s look and feel
    • runtime change of the map style
    • rich interactions with the map
    • retrieve feature’s meta information ▫
    • hide/show base map data layers at the runtime ▫
    • map tilting and rotation ▫
    • extruded buildings in 2.5D view
    • fractional zoom levels ▫
    • interactive traffic flow information
  • The appearance of the default UI elements was improved and updated
  • The way to authenticate the API was changed from the “app_id” and “app_code” to API key.

Important Note!

The new rendering engine is using the Vector tiles API. When you decide to implement and use the Vector tiles API in your application/product, you accept the following payment relevant conditions:

  • 5 requests to the Vector tiles API will be charged as 1 transaction.

Map Customization Tool

Routing API

Version 7.2.106

  • Added support for BK (Bearing capacity class) regulations in Sweden
  • Added support for weight per Single and Tandem Axle group restrictions.

Fleet Telematics API

Version 2.5.18

  • Truck parameters can now change per waypoint
  • New routing parameter “avoidAreas” to avoid certain geographical areas
  • Routing supports additional vehicle types: bus, taxi, carHOV, pedestrian, delivery emergencyVehicle, motorcycle, roadTrain, bdouble, bicycle
  • Custom Routing can optionally match overlay geometry onto both directions of multiple digitized roads

Mobile SDK for IOS 3.12

  • Now available for China since HERE finally received the needed government approvals!
  • Exposed information about traffic signs on a route through HERE SDK
  • Implemented route importer as a feature which provides an opportunity to create a custom route object from the route shape, particularly from a list of geo-coordinates (lat, lon)
  • Truck navigation is aligned with routing truck restrictions, and current behavior takes into account truck restriction options PENALIZE_VIOLATIONS. The route is calculated properly, but the user gets a warning that he could be fined
  • POI icons are now easily tappable
  • Implemented possibility to set the map center before map engine initialization. Previously map was always launched in Berlin, and as a result additional unnecessary map data were requested
  • Added support for new iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 5 (released on March 18)
  • Improved determination of waypoint position, now waypoints are defined by position and street name
  • Implemented caching mechanism for bitmap-based render tiles on low zoom levels
  • Navigation Manager was extended to get indoor position during navigation. Now NavigationManager gets updates from all sources that provide switchover between indoor and outdoor navigation
  • Map Matcher mechanism has been significantly improved. Main improvements were focused on 4 aggregated cases – corner jumps, rounded corner jumps, parallel roads and tunnels. This feature will be available in HERE SDK as beta feature
  • Now Map Data Prefetcher can be used without Map View initialization

Mobile SDK for Android 3.12

  • Now available for China since HERE finally received the needed government approvals!
  • Implemented possibility to set the map center before map engine initialization. Previously map was always launched in Berlin, and as a result additional unnecessary map data were requested
  • Exposed information about traffic signs on a route through HERE SDK
  • Implemented route importer as a feature which provides an opportunity to create a custom route object from the route shape, particularly from a list of geo-coordinates (lat, lon)
  • Truck navigation is aligned with routing truck restrictions, and current behavior takes into account truck restriction options PENALIZE_VIOLATIONS. The route is calculated properly, but the user gets a warning that he could be fined
  • POI icons are now easily tappable