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HERE HD Live Map Layers

HERE HD Live Map[1] (HERE HDLM), developed by HERE Technologies, is a cloud-based web service that enables you to access highly accurate, continuously updated map data. The data is composed of tiled map layers containing information such as the topology and geometry of roads and lanes, and road-level and lane-level attributes. The data is stored in a series of map catalogs that correspond to geographic regions.

To access layer data for a selection of map tiles, use a hereHDLMReader object. For information on the hereHDLMReader workflow, see Access HERE HD Live Map Data.

The layers are grouped into these models:

  • Road Centerline Model — Provides road topology, shape geometry, and other road-level attributes

  • HD Lane Model — Contains lane topology, highly accurate geometry, and lane-level attributes

  • HD Localization Model — Includes multiple features, such as road signs, to support localization strategies

hereHDLMReader objects support reading layers from the Road Centerline Model and HD Lane Model only.

Road Centerline Model

The Road Centerline Model represents the topology of the road network. It is composed of links corresponding to streets and nodes corresponding to intersections and dead-ends. For each map tile, the layers within this model contain information about these links and nodes, such as the 2-D line geometry of the road network, speed attributes, and routing attributes.

The figure shows a plot for the TopologyGeometry layer, which visualizes the 2-D line geometry of the nodes and links within a map tile.

This table shows the map layers of the Road Centerline Model that a hereHDLMReader object can read. The available layers vary by geographic region, so not all layers are available for every map tile. When you call the read function on a hereHDLMReader object and specify a map layer name, the function returns the layer data as an object. For more details about these layer objects, see the read function reference page.

Road Centerline Model LayersDescription
TopologyGeometry

Topology and 2-D line geometry of the road. This layer also contains definitions of the links (streets) and nodes (intersections and dead-ends) in the map tile.

RoutingAttributes

Road attributes related to navigation and conditions. These attributes are mapped parametrically to the 2-D polyline geometry in the topology layer.

RoutingLaneAttributes

Core navigation lane attributes and conditions, such as the number of lanes in a road. These values are mapped parametrically to 2-D polylines along the road links.

SpeedAttributes

Speed-related road attributes, such as speed limits. These attributes are mapped to the 2-D polyline geometry of the topology layer.

AdasAttributes

Precision geometry measurements such as slope, elevation, and curvature of roads. Use this data to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

ExternalReferenceAttributes

References to external links, nodes, and topologies for other HERE maps.

LaneRoadReferences (also part of HD Lane Model)

Road and lane group references and range information. Use this data to translate positions between the Road Centerline Model and the HD Lane Model.

HD Lane Model

The HD Lane Model represents the topology and geometry of lane groups, which are the lanes within a link (street). In this model, the shapes of lanes are modeled with 2-D and 3-D positions and support centimeter-level accuracy. This model provides several lane attributes, including lane type, direction of travel, and lane boundary color and style.

The figure shows a plot for the LaneTopology layer object, which visualizes the 2-D line geometry of lane groups and their connectors within a map tile.

This table shows the map layers of the HD Lane Model that a hereHDLMReader object can read. The available layers vary by geographic region, so not all layers are available for every map tile. When you call the read function on a hereHDLMReader object and specify a map layer name, the function returns the layer data as an object. For more details about these layer objects, see the read function reference page.

HD Lane Model LayersDescription
LaneTopology

Topologies of the HD Lane model, including lane group, lane group connector, lane, and lane connector topologies. This layer also contains the simplified 2-D boundary geometry of the lane model for determining map tile affinity and overflow.

LaneGeometryPolyline

3-D lane geometry composed of a set of 3-D points joined into polylines.

LaneAttributes

Lane-level attributes, such as direction of travel and lane type.

LaneRoadReferences (also part of Road Centerline Model)

Road and lane group references and range information. Used to translate positions between the Road Centerline Model and the HD Lane Model.

HD Localization Model

The HD Localization Model contains data, such as traffic signs or other road objects, that helps autonomous vehicles accurately locate where they are within a road network. hereHDLMReader objects do not support reading layers from this model.

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[1] You need to enter into a separate agreement with HERE in order to gain access to the HDLM services and to get the required credentials (app_id and app_code) for using the HERE Service.