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July 2024 Platform Release Notes

release notes July 2024


HERE SDK for iOS, Android and Flutter is a major release for the 4.19 code line with a lot of bug fixes and improvements based on customer feedback. We also added some new features for this release, for example

  • Routing: Added textUsageOption to RouteTextOptions . Defines whether street name, route number and signpost direction should be used when generating maneuver text.
  • Navigation: Added textUsageOption to ManeuverNotificationOptions . Defines whether street name, route number and signpost direction should be used when generating a notification.
  • Navigation: Added RealisticViewWarning.RealisticViewRasterImage which may be provided for certain countries such as Japan when the SVG variant is not available. The image is delivered as a PNG with a fixed size in portrait mode.
  • Map style update: Added display of outlines for extruded buildings and enabled display of outlines for water polygons and polylines.  Improved readability of map elements like city center and cartography labels by increasing size and applying stronger colors, also boundaries by styling brighter colors and darkening satellite imagery.
  • Map view: Added MapScheme.logisticsHybridDay and MapScheme.logisticsHybridNight , hybrid map schemes with focus on fleet management content.
  • Map view: MapMarker now support the display of user supplied text along with an image.

Take a look at the latest changelog for your edition and platform to find out more details.


HERE Vector Tile API 2.3.24

  • Modified the feature selection algorithm in the places layer. The overall places density has increased.
  • Added the low_speed_zone kind to the landuse layer.
  • Added the hgv_road_kind and hgv_road_kind_details properties to the truck restrictions points that contain related road kind​ and kind_details values.


HERE Raster Tile API 3.0.28-3.0.31

  • Added support for the style in the Japan map.
  • Improved the resolution of satellite imagery at zoom level 13.
  • Improved the legibility of labels in the style by increasing the font color contrast and size, and adjusting the brightness of satellite images.
  • Added two new style variants: topo.night and
  • Adjusted label sizes in all styles.
  • Improved the legibility of building, street, boundary, ferry, and rail labels in the style.
  • The overall places (settlements) density has increased.
logistics satellite


topo night



The Vector and Raster Tile API are both integrated into HERE Maps API for JavaScript. All improvements from above as well a general style improvements apply if the services are getting used with this product. 


HERE Map Image API 3.0.8-3.0.11

All the same as listed above for the Raster Tile API, plus:

  • Added support for the Feature object as the top-level object in GeoJSON. The Feature object no longer needs to be enclosed within the parent FeatureCollection object.


HERE Style Editor version 1.8

The new version of HERE Style Editor 1.8 is available. The HERE Style Editor powers the products HERE SDK, Web SDK - Maps API for JavaScript and HERE Navigation.

Part of the release 1.8 is a comprehensive documentation about icon mapping and customization options for extruded building outlines.

The customization options for extruded buildings covers the possibilities to enable / disable them as well as the definition of a color.

HERE Style Editor

The Icon Mapping documentation explains the configuration of main display attributes of icons used within HERE maps. It covers POI (Point of Interest), Vehicle Restriction and Other Icons.


HERE Map Content v2

New Buildings layers

To accommodate additional HERE Buildings portfolio, the following content layers have been added publishing buildings with sophisticated 3D/styling properties (e.g. color, roof type) and applicable image file textures:

  • Buildings (ID buildings)
  • Building Textures (ID building-textures)
  • Building Texture Properties (ID building-texture-properties)


Initially, the new Buildings layer will publish building records with 3D/styling properties only. For global coverage, it has to be used in conjunction with the existing building layers:

  • 2D Building Footprints (ID building-footprints)
  • 3D Buildings (ID 3d-buildings)


Layer schema details can be found in the HERE Map Content specification document.

Please note that a Content License is applicable for the new Buildings layers, please consult your Account Executive for details.

HERE Buildings

New Places layer ID

All Places content published by layer ID here-places is now also being published by a new layer with ID places.

Consumers of the existing Places layer (layer ID here-places) are recommended to re-configure their pipelines to the new places layer in Q3.

See also HERE Map Content v2 layer deprecation notice under section 'what's in the works' 

Deprecated Places layers 

Per previous communication, the following 3 layers are deprecated and are not be updated anymore:

  • Places for HERE Essential Map (layer ID here-places-essential-map)
  • Transport Service Locations (layer ID here-truck-service-locations)
  • Fueling Stations (layer ID here-fueling-stations)

Consumers of these layers need to switch to the generic Places layer that is publishing all applicable attributes instead.

The 3 deprecated layers have been removed from the HERE Map Content specification document

EV layer improvements

MSP (Mobility Service Provider, a.k.a. roaming) details for each charge point Location are now available as a new, more logical structure in the EV layer (ID electric-vehicle-charging-locations). The old MSP structure has been deprecated and will be removed from the data at the end of Q3

Connector group details are now available in the EV layer for each charge point Location. A connector group is a concept that groups together connectors sharing the same connector type and maximum power output. Connector groups are found under each charge point Location. 

The EV layer rendering plugin has been improved with simpler filtering controls. It is now possible to filter charge point Locations with attributes relating to both the charge point Location itself and its EVSEs. 


HERE Routing

The current release brings the following updates:

Toll Costs - Transponder names are part of the response

Transponder names can now be found in the routing response when requesting tolls. In Japan, for example, customers are now able to distinguish between ETC and ETC2.0 transponders.

toll cost

HERE Geofencing is now fully commercially available on HERE platform

Customers can now license HERE Geofencing v8.0 on the HERE platform (no change in functionality to current Geofencing v8.0). Geofencing will be available as asset an based plan. Onboarding/Request for the HERE Geofencing API needs to be done via contacting your account manager - unfortunately we cannot provide this service for self-service customers.

Truck routing - Transport-preferred routings for Hazmat in Spain

This was a feature long being waited for: Mandatory transport-preferred routes for HazMat are now being preferred in Spain when using truck routing (With hazmat goods). 

truck routing

Left: blue - standard route, purple - TPR route for hazmat

Right: TPR network

Truck routing - GVM (gross vehicle mass) restrictions and toll support

HERE Routing v8 now supports gross vehicle mass as a parameter in truck routing as in some countries, this is required for proper truck routing (also available offline). Additionally GVM as a parameter is now also supported in toll cost calculation and will provide correct tolls for the vehicles.

Waypoint Sequencing API supporting idle times

Customers can now set idle times in waypoint sequencing. This allows e.g. setting time for lunch breaks without knowing a specific location. As such, the additional "break time" is being taken into account in the sequencing optimization and drivers can use the additionally scheduled idle time between e.g. deliveries to handle lunch breaks or similar.


HERE Tour Planning

Support for custom routing matrix

Integrate your own personalized travel metrics with HERE Tour Planning through custom routing matrix. This solution enables the use of custom precomputed travel times and distances between locations, facilitating routing solutions that are adjusted to your specific delivery operations and conditions. The custom matrix format must be consistent with the HERE matrix format, can consist of up to 1000 locations for asynchronous requests, and supports a single routing profile only.

Mohini Todkari

Mohini Todkari

Sr. Developer Evangelist

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