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 …
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.
Google provides information about map usage and possible charges in different ways and along different lines.
This can sometimes be confusing due to the wealth of information. We regularly receive questions about this. Which information is correct? Is the free use valid up to $ 200 per month or up to $ 300 per year? And is the free use only valid for one year? Or is it valid longer?
Do you have problems, such as straight route lines, no search results, etc.? This may be due to your Key or its settings. Click here to view the FAQ.
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.