- HERE Vector Tile API - provides data in the vector format that is suitable and optimized for rendering with the WebGL rendering engine. It provides opportunities to style the map, hide or show map features based on certain criteria etc.
- HERE Map Tile API = provides map data as a raster image. This format is more suitable for the 2D rendering engine, but can be used with either (for example satellite imagery is available only through this service). This format is not as flexible as vector tiles but could be useful in cases when there's a need to support legacy systems.
Setting the base map type
To set the map style for a map easily, you can use the method
createDefaultLayers() defined on the
Platform class. The method returns an object that holds different map types:
- Type omv represents vector layers and associated style information, see Vector
- Types normal, satellite and terrain are the raster layers, each containing a set of named layers (map, base, xbase, traffic, labels). The named layers represent different styles of the map type and can be directly assigned as base layers to the map. For more details see Raster
Additional map overlays
Additionally the default map types object holds traffic flow and traffic incidents overlays shown below
layers is the name of a variable holding the return value from