HERE Android SDK Developer's Guide

Adding Route Calculation to the Simple Application

An important feature of many map-based applications is offering directions to users by calculating a route and rendering it on a map. This tutorial lesson introduces the addition of such functionality to applications developed using the HERE Android SDK.

Getting Started

This tutorial uses the Android project from Creating a Simple Application Using the HERE SDK as a starting point.

Note: The tasks presented on this page assume that you gave the name "BasicMapSolution" to your Android Studio project and the name to your application package.

Add a "Get Directions" Button

Add a "Get Directions" Button element to the BasicMapSolution application as follows:
  1. From the Project view, double-click the BasicMapSolution/res/values/strings.xml file to open it for editing.
  2. Add the following lines to the existing group of strings
    <string name="label_button_getdirections">
      Get Directions
    <string name="textview_routecoordinates_2waypoints">
      Press "Get Directions" button to calculate a route:\nStart: Burnaby\nEnd: YVR Airport
  3. From the Android Studio Project view, double-click the BasicMapSolution/app/src/main/res/layout/activity_main.xml file to open it for editing.
  4. Add the following markup directly beneath the LinearLayout tag:
    <!-- UI element declaration for "Get Directions" button -->
      android:onClick="getDirections" />
  5. Next, change the <TextView/> tag to the following:
      tools:context=".BasicMapActivity" />
  6. From the Project view, double-click the BasicMapSolution/app/src/main/java/ file to open it for editing.
  7. Add the following lines to the import statements near the top of the source file:
    import java.util.EnumSet;
    import java.util.List;
    import android.view.View;
    import android.widget.TextView;
    import android.widget.Toast;
  8. Add the declaration of these private member variables above the onCreate method:
    // TextView for displaying the current map scheme
    private TextView textViewResult = null;
    // MapRoute for this activity
    private MapRoute mapRoute = null;
    and to set up the member variables for use later, add these lines at the end of the initialize method:
    textViewResult = (TextView) findViewById(;
  9. Add code to handle the click of the "Get Directions" button at the end of the class: First, create an implementation of the listener:
    private RouteManager.Listener routeManagerListener =
        new RouteManager.Listener()
      public void onCalculateRouteFinished(RouteManager.Error errorCode,
        List<RouteResult> result) {
        if (errorCode == RouteManager.Error.NONE &&
          result.get(0).getRoute() != null) {
          // create a map route object and place it on the map
          mapRoute = new MapRoute(result.get(0).getRoute());
          // Get the bounding box containing the route and zoom in
          GeoBoundingBox gbb = result.get(0).getRoute().getBoundingBox();
          map.zoomTo(gbb, Map.Animation.NONE,
            String.format("Route calculated with %d maneuvers.",
        } else {
            String.format("Route calculation failed: %s",
      public void onProgress(int percentage) {
          String.format("... %d percent done ...", percentage));
    Next, add the implementation of getDirections() below:
    // Functionality for taps of the "Get Directions" button
    public void getDirections(View view) {
      // 1. clear previous results
      if (map != null && mapRoute != null) {
        mapRoute = null;
      // 2. Initialize RouteManager
      RouteManager routeManager = new RouteManager();
      // 3. Select routing options via RoutingMode
      RoutePlan routePlan = new RoutePlan();
      RouteOptions routeOptions = new RouteOptions();
      // 4. Select Waypoints for your routes
      // START: Burnaby
      routePlan.addWaypoint(new GeoCoordinate(49.276271, -123.113224));
      // END: YVR Airport
      routePlan.addWaypoint(new GeoCoordinate(49.1947289, -123.1762924));
      // 5. Retrieve Routing information via RouteManagerListener
      RouteManager.Error error =
        routeManager.calculateRoute(routePlan, routeManagerListener);
      if (error != RouteManager.Error.NONE) {
            "Route calculation failed with: " + error.toString(),
  10. Save all files in the BasicMapSolution project by selecting File > Save All.
  11. Press the key combination Shift + F10 (or Ctrl + R on Macs) within Android Studio to run this HERE Android SDK application with route calculation functionality.

Result: your HERE Android SDK application displays a map centered on the Vancouver municipal region, with a "Get Directions" button and a text box reflecting current status. Tapping on the button triggers a route calculation for the hard-coded set of waypoints between Burnaby and YVR Airport. The route is rendered and displayed on the map if it was successful.

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