Angular Google Maps is a set of directives that integrate Google Maps in an AngularJS application. It makes using Google Maps in such an application very easy as you don’t need to know the Google Maps API in order to use it.
You can calculate directions (using a variety of methods of transportation) by using the
DirectionsService object. This object communicates with the Google Maps API Directions Service which receives direction requests and returns computed results. You may either handle these directions results yourself or use the
DirectionsRenderer object to render these results.
When specifying the origin or destination in a directions request, you can specify a query string (for example, “Chicago, IL” or “Darwin, NSW, Australia”), a
LatLng value, or a
The Directions service can return multi-part directions using a series of waypoints. Directions are displayed as a polyline drawing the route on a map, or additionally as a series of textual description within a
<div> element (for example, “Turn right onto the Williamsburg Bridge ramp”).
Accessing the Directions service is asynchronous, since the Google Maps API needs to make a call to an external server. For that reason, you need to pass a callback method to execute upon completion of the request. This callback method should process the result(s). Note that the Directions service may return more than one possible itinerary as an array of separate
DirectionsService and call
DirectionsService.route() to initiate a request to the Directions service, passing it a
DirectionsRequest object literal containing the input terms and a callback method to execute upon receipt of the response.
These fields are explained below:
origin(required) specifies the start location from which to calculate directions. This value may be specified as a
String(for example, “Chicago, IL”), as a
LatLngvalue or as a
google.maps.Placeobject. If you use a
google.maps.Placeobject, you can specify a place ID, a query string or a
destination(required) specifies the end location to which to calculate directions. The options are the same as for the
originfield described above.
travelMode(required) specifies what mode of transport to use when calculating directions. Valid values are specified in Travel Modes below.
transitOptions(optional) specifies values that apply only to requests where
TRANSIT. Valid values are described in Transit Options, below.
drivingOptions(optional) specifies values that apply only to requests where
DRIVING. Valid values are described in Driving Options, below.
unitSystem(optional) specifies what unit system to use when displaying results. Valid values are specified in Unit Systems below.
waypoints(optional) specifies an array of
DirectionsWaypoints. Waypoints alter a route by routing it through the specified location(s). A waypoint is specified as an object literal with fields shown below:
locationspecifies the location of the waypoint, as a
LatLng, as a
google.maps.Placeobject or as a
Stringwhich will be geocoded.
stopoveris a boolean which indicates that the waypoint is a stop on the route, which has the effect of splitting the route into two routes.
(For more information on waypoints, see Using Waypoints in Routes below.)
optimizeWaypoints(optional) specifies that the route using the supplied
waypointsmay be optimized by rearranging the waypoints in a more efficient order. If
true, the Directions service will return the reordered
waypoint_orderfield.(For more information, see Using Waypoints in Routes below.)
provideRouteAlternatives(optional) when set to
truespecifies that the Directions service may provide more than one route alternative in the response. Note that providing route alternatives may increase the response time from the server.
avoidHighways(optional) when set to
trueindicates that the calculated route(s) should avoid major highways, if possible.
avoidTolls(optional) when set to
trueindicates that the calculated route(s) should avoid toll roads, if possible.
region(optional) specifies the region code, specified as a ccTLD (“top-level domain”) two-character value. (For more information see Region Biasing below.)
When you calculate directions, you need to specify which transportation mode to use. The following travel modes are currently supported:
DRIVING(Default) indicates standard driving directions using the road network.
BICYCLINGrequests bicycling directions via bicycle paths & preferred streets.
TRANSITrequests directions via public transit routes.
WALKINGrequests walking directions via pedestrian paths & sidewalks.
Consult the Google Maps coverage data to determine to what extent a country supports directions. If you request directions for a region in which that direction type is not available, the response will return the
The available options for a directions request vary between travel modes. When requesting transit directions, the
optimizeWaypoints options will be ignored. You can specify transit specific routing options through the
TransitOptions object literal.
These fields are explained below:
arrivalTime(optional) specifies the desired time of arrival as a
Dateobject. If arrival time is specified, departure time is ignored.
departureTime(optional) specifies the desired time of departure as a
departureTimewill be ignored if
arrivalTimeis specified. Defaults to now (that is, the current time) if no value is specified for either
modes(optional) is an array containing one or more
TransitModeobject literals. This field may only be included if the request includes an API key. Each
TransitModespecifies a preferred mode of transit. The following values are permitted:
BUSindicates that the calculated route should prefer travel by bus.
RAILindicates that the calculated route should prefer travel by train, tram, light rail, and subway.
SUBWAYindicates that the calculated route should prefer travel by subway.
TRAINindicates that the calculated route should prefer travel by train.
TRAMindicates that the calculated route should prefer travel by tram and light rail.
routingPreference(optional) specifies preferences for transit routes. Using this option, you can bias the options returned, rather than accepting the default best route chosen by the API. This field may only be specified if the request includes an API key. The following values are permitted:
FEWER_TRANSFERSindicates that the calculated route should prefer a limited number of transfers.
LESS_WALKINGindicates that the calculated route should prefer limited amounts of walking.
You can specify routing options for driving directions through the
DrivingOptions object. You must supply a Google Maps APIs Premium Plan client ID when loading the API if you want to include a
drivingOptions field in the
These fields are explained below:
departureTime(required for the
drivingOptionsobject literal to be valid) specifies the desired time of departure as a
Dateobject. The value must be set to the current time or some time in the future. It cannot be in the past. (The API converts all dates to UTC to ensure consistent handling across time zones.) For Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers, if you include the
departureTimein the request, the API returns the best route given the expected traffic conditions at the time, and includes the predicted time in traffic (
duration_in_traffic) in the response. If you don’t specify a departure time (that is, if the request does not include
drivingOptions), the returned route is a generally good route without taking traffic conditions into account.
trafficModel(optional) specifies the assumptions to use when calculating time in traffic. This setting affects the value returned in the
duration_in_trafficfield in the response, which contains the predicted time in traffic based on historical averages. Defaults to
bestguess. The following values are permitted:
bestguess(default) indicates that the returned
duration_in_trafficshould be the best estimate of travel time given what is known about both historical traffic conditions and live traffic. Live traffic becomes more important the closer the
departureTimeis to now..
pessimisticindicates that the returned
duration_in_trafficshould be longer than the actual travel time on most days, though occasional days with particularly bad traffic conditions may exceed this value.
optimisticindicates that the returned
duration_in_trafficshould be shorter than the actual travel time on most days, though occasional days with particularly good traffic conditions may be faster than this value.
Displaying the DirectionsResult
DirectionsResult contains the result of the directions query, which you may either handle yourself, or pass to a
DirectionsRenderer object, which can automatically handle displaying the result on a map.
To display a
DirectionsResult using a
DirectionsRenderer, you simply need to do the following:
- Create a
setMap()on the renderer to bind it to the passed map.
setDirections()on the renderer, passing it the
DirectionsResultas noted above. Because the renderer is an
MVCObject, it will automatically detect any changes to its properties and update the map when its associated directions have changed.
VehicleType object exposes the following properties:
|Light rail transit.|
|Underground light rail.|
|Above ground light rail.|
|High speed train.|
|Share taxi is a kind of bus with the ability to drop off and pick up passengers anywhere on its route.|
|A vehicle that operates on a cable, usually on the ground. Aerial cable cars may be of the type |
|An aerial cable car.|
|A vehicle that is pulled up a steep incline by a cable. A Funicular typically consists of two cars, with each car acting as a counterweight for the other.|
|All other vehicles will return this type.|