Release notification: New Enhancements to HERE Platform services

18 August 2017

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 API for JavaScript, Map Feedback API, Geocoder API, Geocoder Autocomplete API, Routing API, Traffic API, Geovisualization, Custom Location Extension, Custom Route Extension, Geofencing Extension API, Platform Data Extension, Route Match Extension, Toll Cost Extension, Waypoints Sequence Extension and Mobile SDKs for Android and iOS.

Summary of enhancements

  • Geofencing Extension support in JavaScript API
  • Improved handling of UK postal codes in Geocoder
  • Optimized truck routing in the HERE Mobile SDK
  • Added CLE2 upload support in the HERE Mobile SDK
  • Toll Cost Extension integrated in the HERE Mobile SDK
  • Multiple improvements in the HERE Mobile SDK related Autosuggest, Venue Maps, Indoor/Outdoor Positioning, Voice Navigation etc.

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


Maps API for JavaScript API

Version 3.0.15.0

  • Expanded the maximum zoom level of the map up to and including zoom level 28.
  • Improvements in the spatial objects rendering include:
    • Support of the polygons with holes
    • Rendering of the GIS "multi-" type of geometries such as MultiPolygon, MultiLineString and MultiPoint
  • Added service-level support for the Geofencing Extension REST API.
  • Improved support for the Custom Location Extension including extended functionality to change a layer's contents and access rights.

Map Feedback API

Version 2.7

  • Introduced New Investigation request/interface to allow customers to ask for a new investigation of a feedback that has been investigated before but the customer is not satisfied with the outcome.
  • Added support for the new use case Road Condition to allow customers to report road obstacles and other special circumstances on a road.
  • Added new options to the reasons why a feedback got rejected.
  • Added new address-specific property building name.
  • Deprecated the probe use case to be removed in the 2.8 release.
    • Note: We recommend to remove this function from your applications now.

Geocoder API

Version 6.2.141

  • Improved accuracy of street results containing full UK postal codes.
  • Better handling of UK queries with details not matching to an address.

Custom Route Extension API

Version 2.1.4

  • The Custom Route Extension provides guidance instructions also for customized sections along the route in order to grant a better user experience.

HERE Android SDK

Starter Edition version 3.4:

  • The HERE Android SDK is now packaged as an Android archive (AAR) file.
    • Note: If you are upgrading from a release older than v3.4, you should clean up old components before integrating the AAR version of the HERE SDK.

Premium Edition version 3.4:

  • We have aligned CoreRouter.Connectivity (for routing) and Request.Connectivity (for Places search) and made their effects more consistent and predictable. With this change, you have more control over fallback and error scenarios.
  • New Features:
    • Applications can now dynamically initialize the HERE Android SDK with a license key rather than hard coding the license key in the application's Android manifest file. 

    • Added the ability to style the outline of a polyline object. 

    • Added a new callback for cases when an active guidance session passes a waypoint. 

    • Added the ability to be notified of violated routing options when a reroute is triggered by a deviation from the current route. 

    • Added the ability to automatically update partially installed map packages by updating the map version. 

    • Add support for restricting the results returned by Autosuggest. By default, autosuggest returns address, place, category, chain, and query results. With this feature, the application can request that only a subset of these are returned. See the Places API article, Restricting Suggestion Types, for more details. 

    • Autosuggest is no longer considered a beta feature. 

    • Added support to allow setting of perspective rendering of MapPolyline towards the horizon, when the map is tilted. 

    • Updated the included HERE Positioning (IPS) toolkit to a new version. 

    • Updated the map service and the map disk cache. See Functional and Behavioral Changes on page 10 for more details. 

    • For levels and outer areas in 3D Venues, you can now find all nearby spaces in a radius around a given position. The returned list of spaces contains all spaces that fall within or intersect the radius. 

    • When enabling open venue mode, venues that are in the viewport are now opened automatically, rather than requiring the user to click on the venue to open it. 

    • Added the ability for venue maneuvers to provide the names of natural guidance POIs. 

    • Added reverse venue space lookup. You can now get area at a given position, the area returned is either an outer area or a space. 

    • Added the ability to retrieve axis-aligned bounding boxes for the venue route and outdoor route sections. 

    • Added CLE2 upload support. You can now push your changes and new geometries directly from the device to CLE2 

    • Integrated Toll Cost Extensions. You can now get the costs of your (truck) route with details about toll systems split by countries if needed 

    • Optimized truck routing. We added support for truck restrictions that do not apply to deliveries. We also added support for adjacent no-through zones. 

    • Extended PDE to support layers that are static, such as layers that do not require any bounding box or link ids to be fetched 

    • Added support for neighbor cell positioning in HERE Positioning. We now support also using non-serving cells to improve positioning accuracy. 

    • Added support for radiomap download. We now support pre-caching radiomaps to the device. 

    • Added support for Japanese voice navigation. You can enable this feature by using the downloadable Japanese text-to-speech voice.

HERE iOS SDK

Starter Edition version 3.4:

  • We have enabled CocoaPod support in this release.
  • We packaged the HERE SDK as a dynamic framework rather than a static library.
    • Note: If you are upgrading from an older version of the HERE iOS SDK, ensure you first remove the old NMAKit.framework, NMABundle.bundle, and linked libraries from your Xcode project before you add the new dynamic framework to your project. For more information, see the "Creating a Simple Application Using the HERE SDK" tutorial in the Developer's Guide.

Premium Edition version 3.4:

  • We have aligned NMACoreRouterConnectivity (for routing) and NMARequestConnectivity (for Places search) and made their effects more consistent and predictable. With this change, you have more control over fallback and error scenarios.
  • New Features:
    • The HERE iOS SDK is now also distributed on CocoaPods.
    • Added the ability to style the outline of a polyline object.
    • Added a new callback for cases when an active guidance session passes a waypoint.
    • Improved Swift support.
    • Add support for restricting the results returned by Autosuggest. By default, autosuggest returns address, place, category, chain, and query results. With this feature, the application can request that only a subset of these are returned. See the Places API article, Restricting Suggestion Types, for more details.
    • Added the ability to be notified of violated routing options when a reroute is triggered by a deviation from the current route.
    • Autosuggest is no longer considered a beta feature.
    • Added the ability to query for the list of supported map display languages.
    • Updated the behavior of DEFAULT connectivity mode for search and routing features to be more consistent.
    • Added support to allow setting of perspective rendering of NMAMapPolyline towards the horizon, when the map is tilted.
    • Updated the included HERE Positioning (IPS) toolkit to a new version.
    • For levels and outer areas in 3D Venues, you can now find all nearby spaces in a radius around a given position. The returned list of spaces contains all spaces that fall within or intersect the radius.
    • When enabling open venue mode, venues that are in the viewport are now opened automatically, rather than requiring the user to click on the venue to open it.
    • Added the ability for venue maneuvers to provide the names of natural guidance POIs.
    • Added reverse venue space lookup. You can now get area at a given position, the area returned is either an outer area or a space.
    • Added the ability to retrieve axis-aligned bounding boxes for the venue route and outdoor route sections.
    • Added CLE2 upload support. You can now push your changes and new geometries directly from the device to CLE2
    • Integrated Toll Cost Extensions. You can now get the costs of your (truck) route with details about toll systems split by countries if needed
    • Optimized truck routing. We added support for truck restrictions that do not apply to deliveries. We also added support for adjacent no-through zones.
    • Extended PDE to support layers that are static, such as layers that do not require any bounding box or link ids to be fetched
    • Added support for navigation with Japanese language. You can enable this feature by using the downloadable Japanese text-to-speech voice.
The following services had new releases with minor changes:
  • Geocoder Autocomplete API (Version 6.2.141)
  • Routing API (Version 7.2.83)
  • Traffic API (Version 6.0.65.1)
  • Geovisualization API (Version 2.6.1)
  • Custom Location Extension API (Version 2.1.4)
  • Geofencing Extension API (Version 2.1.4)
  • Platform Data Extension API (Version 1.6.13)
  • Route Match Extension API (Version 2.1.17)
  • Toll Cost Extension API (Version 2.4.12)
  • Waypoints Sequence Extension API (Version 3.0.1)

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