China and Japan

The Chinese government imposes usage restrictions and requires additional certifications on maps and location data. This also impacts the usage of location services. For details, contact your account executive.

Using location services based on Japanese map data requires additional licensing. For details, contact your account executive.

Both Chinese and Japanese map content and functions are fully HERE map and service compliant, but have reduced feature sets.

HERE Route Matching v8 China features

The service is available on endpoint ` It needs additional entitlement and currently bases solely on China map data. Additional map regions on this endpoint can be made available upon demand.

For custom road changes legal restrictions apply, legal approval might be required, contact your account executive.

HERE Map Attributes layers in the response:

  • Most layers are available.
  • Missing/empty layers: ADMIN_TRUCK restrictions, CENSUS boundaries, Environmental Zone Restrictions, EV Charging POIs, Fuel Station POIs, Junction Views, LOADING_ZONE_POIs, Postal Code Midpoints, Public Transport POIs, Safety Alerts, Topology Segment ID Cross Ref, Traffic Pattern, Truck POIs
  • Missing worldwide maps: CENSUS data, Digital Terrain Model (available in the international endpoint, unshifted), Postal Code Boundaries
  • Missing Traffic Archive: HERE Map Attributes Traffic Speed Record is pending Real Time Traffic availability.
  • ADAS slope is available but ADAS height is not yet available.

Toll cost in response is not yet available in China.

China map coordinates in the service are shifted by GCJ-02 as required by the government. Customers have to license the CSM (China Shift Module) from the Chinese goverment, install it in their application, and then convert their coordinates from plain WGS84 coordinates into GCJ-02 which can then be sent to this service.

Computations like distance, area size, direction and turn angles can be done in the shifted GCJ-02 coordinate system, as long as the spatial extend is small. To perform such computations on larger scales or across the Chinese border, the China coordinates must be unshifted upfront, because they can be a few hundred meter away from WGS84.

HERE Route Matching v8 Japan features

Accessing the Japan map content requires additional entitlement. While normal applications don't see anything of Japan, entitled applications see Japan correctly embedded into the rest of the world.

Custom map data (Custom Locations & Custom Road Overlays for Routing) are separated from the International custom map data.

HERE Map Attributes layers in the response for Japan:

  • Traffic Patterns, Admin Polygons, Link Attributes, Link Connectivity, Road Geometry, Routing Attributes, Administrative Regulations, Speed Limits, Truck Restrictions, Turn Restrictions, Digital Terrain Model.

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