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Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Uber has introduced a new Uber Driver API that provides driver profile data such as identity, trip details, earnings, and reputation/ratings. The Uber Driver API is currently available to a limited group of developers; however, developers can view the API documentation online.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered for free through the end of 2016.
TomTom has added another API to its mapping and navigation solutions portfolio: Traffic Stats API. Traffic Stats collects data from over 450 million connected devices in order to provide historical traffic data. The data collected includes speed, route, travel time, segment, and more.
Google is opening up Maps to new ride-sharing partners, meaning the search giant just effectively created the first ride-hailing price comparison feature. The surprise here is that Uber, previously the only ride-sharing partner on Google Maps, allowed this.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
WhereIsMyTransport has launched a transit data API that offers transport-related data from certain emerging market cities to third party services and apps. The South Africa based company started with a number of South African cities, but is quickly expanding to Egypt, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Uber processes data for millions of trips in over 400 cities in 60 different countries on a daily basis. Needless to say, that’s a lot of data, and finding a way to optimize their JSON payloads was an important goal for the Uber engineering team.
Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Travel, eCommerce, Mapping and Bots. Featured today is an API from ViaMichelin which provides developers access to maps that include tourist destinations and fine restaurants. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Translation, Transportation and Stocks. One highlight is the TradeIt API, which allows developers to add stock trading functionality to any application. Here's a rundown of the what is new.
The number and variety of services around Uber’s offering continues to grow thanks to its API platform that allows third-party developers to build innovative services and applications on top of Uber’s resources. Gordon Wintrob speaks to Andrew Noonan, Partner Engineer at Uber, about the platform.
Google implemented a number of changes to its Maps API Standard Plan. Apps created on or after June 22nd will be subject to a host of new rules surrounding access and limits. Active domains utilizing the APIs prior to June 22nd are grandfathered in to differing degrees depending on implementation.
Leading travel companies are broadening their distribution channels by building platforms that enable partners and customers to connect and access their inventory and sales systems via application programming interfaces. APIs are the tools powering many of today’s mobile and Web applications.
Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesky, hinted that Airbnb may soon open an API for third party integration. Chesky envisions the company shifting from a marketplace to a travel platform upon which third parties can plug into. While no specifics were given, Chesky suggested that lack of an API is a hole.
Google Maps API is the most popular tool for building location-based services. Now, the Google Maps Operations team is leveraging their experience to collaborate with Udacity and create a free course that teaches students how to integrate maps and location features into websites.
Last week, UrbanHail, a Boston startup which developed an app to provide real-time price comparisons for Uber, Lyft and taxi services, found its access to the Uber API revoked for violating Uber's terms of service. The startup claims that Uber's actions are "anti-competitive."
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Spam, Notifications, Prices, Travel and Machine Learning, among others. Highlights include two APIs from NASA and the SimpleML automated machine learning API. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.