What's New in the REST Services
The Bing Maps REST Services contains the following new features.
You can now select the icons for route waypoints on static maps [Static Maps]
A new feature allows you to specify any pushpin icon style and a label for every route waypoint when you a make a static map route request (Walking/Routing/Transit). Prior to this new feature, pushpin icon styles 50 and 53 were used to display route waypoints on a static map. With this new feature, you can optionally choose any pushpin icon and create labels up to three characters. The new waypoint syntax is
The following road map example uses icons 64 and 66 to display the road route endpoints which are identified as “1” and “2”.
NEW Elevations API [Get Elevations]
This new API returns elevations for locations on the Earth. You can request elevations for:
- A set of locations.
- Locations along a polyline you define, such as the coordinates of a road or hiking trail.
- Locations within a rectangular area that is defined by pairs of latitudes and longitudes.
You can request elevations based on the ellipsoid model of the Earth (WGS84) or the geoid sea level mode (EGM2008 2.5’). The ellipsoid model is equivalent to GPS altitude and the geoid sea level model is what is commonly known as altitude above sea level. For more information about these models, see the Earth Models and Zoom Level section in the Get Elevations topic.
Expanded language coverage for Routes API and Locations API (Geocoding)
- The Bing Maps REST Services has significantly expanded its language coverage when you geocode locations or create routes. For a list of supported language codes to use with the culture parameter, see Supported Culture Codes.