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Overlay your own data on a Google Map, embed Google Maps in your applications and on your website, and perform geo-related computations such as geocoding.
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Google Maps API

Overlay your own data on a Google Map, embed Google Maps in your applications and on your website, and perform geo-related computations such as geocoding.
 

ADVANTAGES

FAMILIAR AND EASY

Google Maps is the most widely used online mapping service in the world, with more than 800,000 sites using the Google Maps API and over 250 million active users on mobile devices alone. With the Google Maps API, you can provide this same familiar experience to your own users.

WORLD CLASS CONTENT

The global catalog of high resolution aerial imagery offered by Google Earth is also available in the Google Maps API. The Google Maps API includes access to 45 degree imagery in over 120 cities worldwide, so your users can explore your data with a unique perspective within a particular area.

MOBILE FIRST

Smartphones have revolutionized the way that we consume and share information, and catering for a mobile user base is more important than ever. With the Google Maps API you can build location based applications that can be used via a web browser, mobile devices, or custom built applications.

EXPLORE

 

ADVANCED ANALITYCS

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The Google Maps API for Business offers an analytics tool that enables you to see how visitors interact with your maps. For example you can see how many visitors switch to satellite view, the level they zoom to, and which features of the map are most commonly used. This allows you to customize the user experience based on their preferences and encourage a higher degree of engagement and interactivity..

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ROUTING AND DIRECTIONS

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The Google Maps API delivers the full power of Google’s routing engine to your applications. You can generate routes between up to 23 locations for driving, walking, or cycling. Routes can avoid toll roads or highways, and travel time can be reduced by calculating the optimal order to visit each location. Travel time and distance between locations can also be calculated, for example if you want to offer users a way to filter search results by drive time.
 

DATA VISUALIZATION

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The Google Maps API lets you visualize data using heat maps, symbols and custom styles. For United States maps, you have access to a demographics layer containing recent census information provided by Nielsen, as well as 5-year projections of many data fields. The demographics layer is only available to Google Maps API for Business customers, and may only be used on internal websites / intranets.
 

CONTENT AND FEATURES

45 Degree Imagery

The Google Maps API includes access to 45 degree imagery in over 120 cities worldwide, offering views of the cityscape from all four sides. This means that your users can explore your data with a unique perspective within a particular area.

Address Autocompletion

Make address entry easy for your users. Any text field on your web page can be enhanced with the power of Google Maps Autocomplete, giving you fast, accurate, and easy address entry.

Analytics

Get deeper insight into how your website visitors interact with your maps with Analytics for Google Maps for Business.

Business and POI Search

The Google Maps API provides your application with full access to Google’s worldwide database of over 50 million business listings and Points of Interest. Whether you need to show your users nearby bars, coffee shops, airports or grocery stores, you can provide a filtered list of places that are most relevant to your users.

Directions

The Google Maps API delivers the full power of Google’s routing engine to your applications. You can generate routes between up to 23 locations for driving, walking, or cycling. Up to 3 alternate routes are offered, and users can drag routes on the map to make changes. Routes can avoid toll roads or highways, and travel time can be reduced by calculating the optimal order to visit each location.

Distance Matrices

If your application needs to quickly determine travel time and distance between many pairs of locations you can use the Distance Matrix service of the Google Maps API. For example, if you’re building a location finder and want to offer users a way to filter results by drive time, the Distance Matrix service is a quick and easy way to evaluate which nearby locations to include.

Drawing Tools

The Google Maps API includes ready-to-go drawing tools that enable your users to select areas, drop markers, draw and edit shapes.

Elevation Profiles

The Google Maps API can deliver elevation profiles along any path, be it along a route or across a continent. It even returns depths underwater!

Forward and Reverse Geocoding

The Google Maps API delivers Google’s global address database to your application, enabling you to search for locations on the map based on an address, or find the address for a given location, anywhere in the world.

Global Satellite Imagery

The global catalog of high resolution aerial imagery offered by Google Earth is also available in the Google Maps API. You can switch any map to satellite view using the optional labels. The highest level of detail at a given location can be automatically determined, allowing you to show your users the best image possible.

KML Rendering

If you already store and manage geospatial data in KML or GeoRSS format you can add that to your Maps API application with just a few lines of code.

Rapid Updates from MapMaker

If you spot an error on the map, you can fix it using Google MapMaker, and see the change reflected in your Google Maps API application within minutes.

Real Time Traffic

Major streets can be color coded to reflect the current volume of traffic in real time.

Rock Solid Reliability

The Google Maps API offers proven reliability, with 100% uptime measured in a recent independent evaluation of API availability.

Static Maps

The Static Maps API can generate an image of a map with support for pins, lines, shapes and styling.

Street View

The Google Maps API allows you to embed Street View panoramas into your application. You can control the direction the panorama faces, respond to changes in the view triggered by your users, and add interactive elements such as markers, popup windows, or even your own panoramic images.

Styled Maps

The Google Maps look and feel is familiar and trusted around the world, but if you need something a little different, the Google Maps API lets you tailor the style of the map to your needs. You can simplify the map to draw more attention to your data, or restyle the map to fit in with the rest of your application.

Support for Different Devices

The Google Maps API ensures that your maps will work on major web browsers and mobile devices. High resolution screens are detected and the map is automatically adjusted to ensure that it remains perfectly crisp and clear.
 

COMPARE EDITIONS

Google Maps API

The Google Maps API is a free service that lets you embed Google Maps in your freely accessible web pages or mobile apps and is typically used for testing, development and non-commercial applications. Your service must be freely and publicly accessible to end users.

Google Maps API for Business

The Google Maps API for Business provides enhanced features and added support to organizations who are adding maps to their fee-based websites or mobile apps, internal websites, or asset tracking applications.

 

Features

Google Maps API

Google Maps API for Business

Street View

Geocoding Web Service

2500 requests per day
100 000 requests per day

Directions Web Service

2500 requests per day with
10 waypoints per request
100 000 requests per day with
23 waypoints per request

Distance Matrix Web Service

100 elements per query
100 elements per 10 seconds
2500 elements per day
625 elements per query
1000 elements per 10 seconds
100 000 elements per day

Elevation Web Service

2500 requests per day with
25 000 samples per day
100 000 requests per day with
1 000 000 samples per day

Static Maps API maximum resolution

640 x 640
2048 x 2048

Static Map API maximum scale

2X
4X

Street View Image API maximum resolution

640 x 640
2048 x 2048

 

Support

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Google Maps API for Business

Google Maps API Developer resources

Service Level Agreement

Technical Support

Support portal & usage reporting

 

Use cases

Google Maps API

Google Maps API for Business

Free & publicly available

Internal deployments

Embedding in software and applications for fee

Reselling services with Google Maps

Control of advertising

Private asset tracking

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why would I pay for Google Maps API for Business if the Google Maps API is free?

For customers who need enhanced features such as advanced geocoding, added support, and full control over advertising, we offer Google Maps API for Business. Google Maps API for Business also delivers the service and support enterprise organizations need when incorporating maps into customer facing websites or mission critical internal applications.

Do I need to use Google Maps API for Business?

There are certain situations that require the use of Google Maps API for Business. If you’re using the Maps API internally or for asset tracking purposes, you must have a Maps API for Business license. Additionally, if you are charging a fee for access to your Maps solution, whether for a business or consumer audience, you are required to purchase the Maps API for Business. All three of these use cases are prohibited by the standard Google Maps API terms of service.

Can I purchase geocoding-only services from Google?

No, geocoding is only available within the Google Maps API for Business.

Can I display ads alongside my Google Maps API for Business content?

Yes, Google Maps API for Business customers receive full control of advertising options.