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The collaboration with TyreToTravel has ended. Its owner has discontinued that business. That brought an end to the period that Tyre was offered commercially.

I had imagined the development of Tyre differently. Now that it has turned out that way, I was faced with the choice: do nothing, or continue with Tyre myself.

I chose the latter because I think many people enjoy using Tyre. I would like to help those people. And as a bonus I got my old hobby back ...


Google provides information about the use of maps and any costs in different ways and in different sources.

As a result of the multitude of information, that can sometimes be confusing. We regularly receive questions about this. Which information is correct? Is free usage valid for up to $ 200 a month or up to $ 300 a year? And is the free use only valid for one year? Or is it valid longer?

Check answers (PDF)

Do you have problems, such as straight route lines, no search results, etc.? That could be due to your Key or its settings. Click here to open the FAQ for more information.


This change made it necessary to look again at map providers, route calculations, etc. The choice for version 8 once again fell on Google Maps. Just like before for versions 5 and 6.

Unfortunately, that means that all users must create Google API Keys themselves. For that reason I hesitated for a long time: would it be a smart move?

I realized that this would be a high barrier for many users. Therefore, the update (8.1) is offered with two options: it is possible to use Google Maps as well as to use Open Source Maps.

Using Open Source Maps does not require any additional steps. A disadvantage may be that not all options are available and that drawing the map may be slower.


Is a Google Maps API Key free?

Yes. That is, billing must be enabled when creating the Key.

But for use in the hobby atmosphere it remains free. Because if billing is enabled, you can use maps, routes or places for free up to $200 each month. For that amount, the web APIs of Google Maps can be accessed thousands of times.

So you have to be a huge large user to be presented with a bill from Google.
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