Release notification: New Enhancements to HERE Platform services

10 July 2015

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:

Maps for JavaScript API, HLP Routing, Geocoder API, Map Tile API, Traffic Data API, Places API, Platform Data Extension, Toll Cost Extension and the Custom Location Extension.

Summary of enhancements:

  • Geocoder improvements in Spain, covering support for regional languages, and search using address line only.
  • Traffic: Coverage extension for flows and incidents.
  • Toll booth names and time-dependent toll costs added to TCE.
  • Census Boundaries (polygon boundaries for government census areas) and multi-tile request available now in the PDE.

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

Maps for JavaScript API

Version 3.0.12.0

  • "Dynamic clustering" strategy provides efficient clustering for the data sets that are subject to frequent updates.
  • Image overlay provides an easy way to display bitmap data that covers a region on the map.
  • Night map schemas were added to the default layer set in mapsjs-service.js module.
  • Update in migration guide from 2.x of the HERE Maps API for JavaScript and version 3.x.

HLP Routing

Version 7.2.58

  • Added support for TimeZone attribute in GetLinkInfo service.

Geocoder API

Version 6.2.85

  • The Geocoder now provides weekly map updates based on Stable Baseline. The baseline is currently 2015Q2 data. This includes Russia and Ukraine.
  • Russia and Ukraine update from 2014Q3 to 2015Q2 map version. Crimea remains part of Ukraine.
  • Spain: Better support for regional languages. Spanish translations of street types for Catalan speaking regions are now supported.
  • Spain: The Geocoder supports now address line-only search for Spain. Users can search for addresses without any locality indication.

Traffic Data API

Version 6.0.43.1

  • Performance improvements.
  • This release will consume traffic content from 3.1.2 Flow feeds and include Full TMC coverage for all supported markets.
  • Coverage extension for Flow and Incidents. Following are the new markets:
Coverage type Country
Incidents North, North-east, Centre-West Brazil
Incidents Spain
Flow Bulgaria
Flow Romania
Flow Bahrain
Flow Oman
Flow Kuwait
Flow Qatar

Places API

Version 1.0.11638

  • Additional flag for places indicating whether the place is open or not if opening hours are available.
  • Content from Lonely Planet is no longer served.
  • Introducing new Category System parameter, which lets the caller select an alternate category system (e.g. cuisines). This parameter is available in all Search and Discovery endpoints.
  • Added cuisines translation for our 55 supported languages
  • Places API no longer support some languages for labels and ready-to-display strings (for details see release notes).

Platform Data Extension (PDE)

Version 1.5.0

  • New layer "Census Boundaries" for a growing set of countries. Please note that this layer is delivered as a separate maps, it is not included in the map regions NA, WEU, EEU. Also, each country is represented as a separate layer, because each country's Census data have a proprietary set of administrative levels and Census attributes. Currently coverage only in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Canada and USAMulti-tile request: several tiles can be received through one single HTTP request, which reduces the HTTP overhead and latencies.
  • New parameter to get the information about the tile: layer, tilex, tiley, level, region and release.
  • Documentation resources can now be used without "region" and "release" parameters, returning the definitions for all regions and/or the latest available release respectively

Toll Cost Extension (TCE)

Version 1.3.0

  • Added toll booth names, and toll booth locations, with the new response element countries/roadSectionsCosts/tollStructures with attributes linkId1, linkId2, name, lngCode, latitude, longitude.
  • Time dependent toll cost: for toll systems where the fees change depending on the time of the day this information is processed.
  • Added response element warnings. It contains a list of warnings. If warnings are returned, then the result is still valid and can be used.

HERE Platform for Business Team

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