Digital Geography

25. August 2015

Short Announcement: Mapbox Directions API with an Upgrade

We recently showed some possibilities to work with routing APIs in QGIS. Besides the Google API and the API from OpenRouteService.org Mapbox also offers some nice routing technology with their Directions API. This was recently updated.

Directions API with elevation awareness

Mapbox, the underdog out of San Francisco, just drive there services one step further. First coming more from the “custom maps” arena they are expanding more and more into the field of geodata functionality and services aside the plain cartographic stuff.

Directions

Besides their great bigger news (cloudless Landsat, “swallowing” Leaflet, …) they also introduced an own directions service and add further capabilities step by step. First there was the simple Smart Directions API for car traffic. Now you can use their API for walking and cycling and alter options for the desired routes. You’re limited to 60 requests per minute (which is three times the limit of the OpenRouteService.org API) and need a mapbox developer key. But check out this great examples:

walking directions API example

And here the new elevation aware routing:
If you want to support and take part in this development don’t hesitate and check out their recent open positions: They are searching at least one directions developer ;-).
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