Release notification: New Enhancements to HERE Platform services

13 May 2015 by HERE Platform for Business Team

A series of enhancements and updates to the HERE Platform services are now available on our production environment. These enhancements are related to the following services:

Map Data, Map Tile API, Map Image API, HLP Routing, Enterprise Routing, Matrix Routing API, Traffic API, Maps API for JavaScript, Geocoder API, Batch Geocoder API, HERE SDK for iOS, Waypoints Sequence Extension API (WSE), Places API and Venue Maps.

Summary of enhancements:
  • Map data update for most of services
  • Waypoints Sequence Extension API launch
  • Autocomplete (Beta) available in the Geocoder API service.
  • Public Transit "Estimated fare costs" available in the HLP Routing API
  • FULL TMC (density) now for the Top 10 countries

Below you can find detailed information on these major improvements of the HERE Platform for Business services:

Map Data
  • Quarterly map update in the following regions:
    2015Q1: Europe, MEA, APAC, India (South Asia), South America, North America
Map Tile API
  • Map data update HERE Worldwide 2015Q1, NavInfo China, Macau 2014Q4
  • Added the pview parameter in order to be able to show the world according to a particular political view.
  • Added the new /meta/pviews endpoint that lists all the possible Political Views available in the map.
Map Image API
  • Map data update HERE Worldwide 2015Q1, NavInfo China, Macau 2014Q4
  • Added the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header for all requests.
HLP Routing
  • Map data update 2015Q1 (Except China 2014Q4 and Iran 2014Q2)
  • Significantly improved performance for isoline routing.
  • "Estimated fare costs" available for Public Transit routes (US, Canada and Berlin).
  • Support for several route link flags: parks, private roads and built-up areas
Enterprise Routing
  • Map data update 2014Q4
Matrix Routing API
  • Map data update 2014Q4
  • New service URLs
Traffic API
  • Map data update 2015Q1.
  • Support of the traversable state for flow.
  • FULL TMC (density) now for the Top 10 countries: Brazil, Canada, United States, Australia, Russia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom

NOTE: please ensure that you are using the Traffic API as documented in the development guide. Since next release we are going to enforce the upper/lower case validation.

Maps API for JavaScript
  • Clustering algorithm update
  • Persistent offline caching (for a region of the map to persist between map uses)
IMPORTANT: Migration of Maps API for JavaScript

Please be aware that you are requested to migrate from existing APIs 2.5.... to version 3.0. We have communicated all our customers that the APIs version 2.5.4 are in maintenance mode until the end of September 2015. This means that, after this date, no further maintenance and support will be provided. In case you have any questions or if you run into any issues while migrating to the new HERE Maps API for JavaScript 3.0, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you with the migration process

The migration guide is public and available on developer.here.com

Geocoder API
  • Map update India 2015Q1
  • Autocomplete API (BETA)
  • Political views: The Geocoder introduces a new feature that can show available territories through the point of view of particular countries.
  • For the USA, the Geocoder results shows supplementary information that describes the type of the 5-Digit ZIP, as according to the USPS.
  • The Geocoder has extended its existing USA ZIP code coverage for PO Boxes and further added General Delivery ZIP code
HERE SDK for iOS
Online and Hybrid +
Version 2.1.2
  • Added a warning message when SDK evaluation expires in less than 30 days.
  • Added support for the latest iPad devices
  • Pinch-to-zoom gestures improvements
  • Added the ability to selectively skip voice commands. (For more details, please see "Controlling Audio Playback" in the Developer's Guide.)
Waypoints Sequence Extension API (WSE)
  • Calculates the optimal sequence of any given waypoints along a route, while minimizing the time or distance traveled.
Places API
  • Structured opening hours are now returned in place details responses when available.
  • Added support for many new cuisine categories
  • Key-by-Key Endpoint is a new endpoint designed to reduce the number of keystrokes required to find the desired POI, Category, Chain, or Address.
  • Search for intersection is also supported in key-by-key.
Content update:
  • HERE Core (Q4 2014)
    Includes Core POIs such as global Airports, Hospitals, Banks, Grocery Stores, etc.
  • HERE Base Supplemental Listings (Q4 2014)
    Includes POIs mapped to Core POI categories obtained from third party/local specialty sources
  • HERE Extended Listings Australia (Q4 2014)
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