What's new in the World Geocoding Service

May 2017

Quality Improvements

  • Enhanced reverse geocoding—More types of features can be returned by the reverseGeocode operation, including POIs, postal boundaries, and administrative boundaries.
  • Improved intersection search—Intersections can now be found between disconnected streets, such as at cul-de-sacs and highway overpasses, and at roundabouts.
  • Improved coordinate search—Coordinate search has been improved with more supported input formats such as Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), United States National Grid (USNG), and degrees-minutes-seconds (DMS).
  • Street-level geocoding is supported for many additional countries: ABW, AZE, BGD, BOL, CCK, CIV, CUB, CXR, CYP, DOM, ECU, FJI, GEO, LBY, LKA, MDV, MNP, MUS, MYT, NCY, NFK, NPL, PRY, SEN, SLV, and TUN. See the complete list of supported countries for details.
  • Improved POI search—You can now search for POI names with addresses and postal codes using the findAddressCandidates operation.
  • Batch geocoding of POIs is now supported with the geocodeAddresses operation.
  • Various geocoding quality improvements for some geographic regions.

API and service output changes

  • Additional reverse geocoding functionality—you have more control over the features that are returned by the reverseGeocode operation with the new featureTypes parameter.
  • The new locationType parameter allows you to choose the output location of PointAddress matches in a request—rooftop or street location can be specified. This parameter is available with the findAddressCandidates, geocodeAddresses, and reverseGeocode operations.
  • The langCode parameter is now available with the findAddressCandidates operation. It allows you to specify the output language of geosearch results.
  • Greater flexibility for street address geocoding is provided by the new matchOutOfRange parameter. It allows candidates to be positioned more precisely for address searches in which the input house number exceeds the house number range assigned to the matching street segment. Available with the findAddressCandidates and geocodeAddresses operations.
  • Additional address input fields—The address2 and address3 input fields have been added for multifield geocoding. Available with the findAddressCandidates and geocodeAddresses operations.
  • New output fields
    • Additional administrative divisions
      • Block
      • Sector
      • District
      • MetroArea
      • RegionAbbr
      • Territory
    • Subaddress output fields
      • BldgName
      • BldgType
      • LevelName
      • LevelType
      • UnitName
      • UnitType
      • SubAddr
    • Miscellaneous output fields
      • LongLabel
      • ShortLabel
      • AddRange
      • ExInfo
  • Changes to the Addr_type output field
    • New Addr_type values
      • Subaddress
      • StreetAddressExt
    • Addr_type values that are no longer used
      • BuildingName
      • Admin
      • Depadmin
      • Subadmin
      • Zone
  • The distance parameter has been deprecated for the findAddressCandidates and suggest operations. Please discontinue using it in your application for proximity searches. A default distance value of 50,000 meters is now used for all findAddressCandidates and suggest requests that include the location parameter.

Reference data updates

  • HERE reference data updated to version 2016 Q4.

  • Additional third party reference data updates for EST, GTM, NLD, SUR.

  • New authoritative address data sources used for AUS and AUT.

July 2016

  • Address reference data update to HERE version 2015Q4 for USA, CAN, BRA, GBR, DEU, NLD, AUS.

  • Additional third party reference data update for JPN.

  • Significant geocoding quality improvement for HKG, JPN, GTM and COL.

  • The find operation has been deprecated. Please discontinue using it in your application, and use the findAddressCandidates operation instead.

March 2016

  • Address reference data update to HERE version 2015Q2.

  • Additional third-party reference data updates for the following countries: Netherlands, Brazil, Estonia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Guatemala.

  • India and Greece locators are now based on HERE reference data.

  • Major geocoding quality improvement made to Brazil, Estonia, Guatemala, and Colombia. Additional significant improvement for Germany, Hong Kong and Spain.

July 2015

  • Specify the maximum number of suggestion results with the maxSuggestions parameter.

  • Limit suggestion results to a specified country using the countryCode parameter.

  • POI search is now supported for Japan.

  • Address geocoding supported for Guam.

  • Address reference data update to HERE version 2014Q3.

  • Additional reference data updates for Greece, Netherlands, India, Singapore, Thailand, and Guatemala.

  • Major geocoding quality improvements made to Spain, Columbia, and Hong Kong. Additional significant improvements made to France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Guatemala.

  • Various geocoding quality improvements.

December 2014

  • Limit suggestion results to a specified area with the searchExtent parameter.

  • Specify intersection or address output for the reverseGeocode operation with the returnIntersection parameter.

  • Add ranking of primary and alternate street names for more intuitive results.

  • POI reference data update to HERE 2014Q3.

  • Reference data update for Chinese geocoding in Hong Kong.

  • Major geocoding quality improvement made to France, Germany, Colombia, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. Additional significant improvements on India, Croatia, and Bulgaria.

  • Various geocoding quality improvements.

July 2014

  • Filter geocode results by category with the category parameter.

  • Specify the desired output language for street addresses returned by the reverseGeocode operation.

  • Search for Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) coordinates.

  • Major geocoding quality improvements made to Croatia, Peru, Bulgaria, Greece and Singapore. Additional significant improvements on India, Surinam and Lithuania.

  • Address geocoding supported in Belize.

  • Locator reference data update.

March 2014

  • Geocoding coverage expanded to ten more countries.

  • Mile markers added to Puerto Rico data.

  • Address points added to Singapore, India, and Thailand data.

  • Geocoding quality improvements made to Singapore, Greece, Chile, Thailand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay.

  • Updated source data for Singapore and Thailand.

December 2013

  • Collections of places are supported by suggest (Coffee Shops, Restaurants, and so on).

  • New point-of-interest data sources for India, Israel, Germany, Austria, Thailand, and Slovakia.

  • Phone and URL are outputs for Places.

  • Country inputs have improved matching.

  • Major locator quality improvement made to 22 counties includes Romania, Chile, Peru, Greece, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Uruguay, Thailand and India. Additional significant improvement on Israel.

    Updated locator data source for Greece, Thailand and India.

September 2013

July 2013

  • Geocoding quality improved for more than 16 countries, including Malaysia, Turkey, and Czech Republic.

  • Address information is returned for businesses and points of interest (POI).

  • Japanese addresses support transliterated English.

April 2013

  • The geocoding data coverage includes China.

  • Major geocoding quality improvements made to 25 countries, including Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Demark, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, and Poland.

  • Updated locator reference data to Navteq 2012Q4.