Google has announced its new Google Maps Roads API. The new API will allow developers to create better route visualizations in their apps from raw GPS data by going through actual roads.
With the new API, Google has fixed the issue with GPS jitter, which apps display odd routes that go through obstructions such as buildings and medians when a user’s location is being tracked while on the move. This is usually as a result of incorrect or inadequate GPS data, according to TNW.
“Today we’re introducing a new API that makes location-based mobile development easier. The Google Maps Roads API provides a snap-to-road feature that lets you create useful visualizations from raw GPS locations, turning jittery GPS tracks into smooth paths that follow the road around curves and corners. The Google Maps Roads API also provides speed limit data for paid Google Maps API developers,”
The Roads API features a snap-to-road feature, which takes this data and returns paths that adapts to the most likely roads taken by the user. It is now designed in such a way that it will find use in both navigation and automobile dianostic apps.
The tech giant also announced that it has partnered with Dash, which is a connected driving app to provide real-time diagnostics for automobiles so that drivers can save time and money by driving better and more intelligently.
“To demonstrate the benefits that Roads API can provide for your app, we’ve partnered with Dash, a connected driving app. Dash provides real-time diagnostics for automobiles so that drivers can save time and money by driving better and more intelligently.”
While Snap-to-road is available for free with a limit of 2500 queries per day, Google Maps API paid developers will be able to access speed limit data from across the world, said Elena Kelareva, Product Manager, Google Maps APIs:
“Snap-to-road is available for free with a limit of 2500 queries per day. For the Google Maps API paid developer, the Roads API also gives you access to speed limit data from all over the world.”
The Roads API will definitely optimize the visualizations of the Dash team because it has solved the challenge of not being able to “collect enough information points to draw visually stunning lines on the map without creating a drain on the device’s battery.”