Google Maps vs Postmates API

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Google Maps vs Postmates API: What are the differences?

Google Maps: Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery. Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow; Postmates API: On-Demand Logistics For Your App. Using the Postmates Delivery API, developers can integrate our on-demand local delivery platform into their applications. The API is designed to allow application developers to check prices, schedules, book a delivery, then follow updates on that delivery till completion.

Google Maps and Postmates API are primarily classified as "Mapping APIs" and "On-Demand as a Service" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:

  • Maps Image APIs
  • Places API
  • Web Services

On the other hand, Postmates API provides the following key features:

  • Straightforward app integration
  • 24/7 access to the largest on-demand fleet
  • Real-time tracking
Advice on Google Maps and Postmates API

From a StackShare Community member: "We're a team of two starting to write a mobile app. The app will heavily rely on maps and this is where my partner and I are not seeing eye-to-eye. I would like to go with an open source solution like OpenStreetMap that is used by Apple & Foursquare. He would like to go with Google Maps since more apps use it and has better support (according to him). Mapbox is also an option but I don’t know much about it."

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Blair Gemmer
Software Engineer at VYNYL · | 2 upvotes · 79.8K views
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Google Maps is best because it is practically free (they give you $300 in free credits per month and it's really hard to go over the free tier unless you really mean business) and it's the best!

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I use Mapbox because We need 3D maps and navigation, it has a great plugin for React and React Native which we use. Also the Mapbox Geocoder is great.

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because that has a strong community. It takes some time to catch up with Google Maps, but OpenStreetMap will become great solution.

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

Its open source and we use it.

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Fabio Fraga Machado
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I use OpenStreetMap because i have the control of the environment, using Docker containers or bare-metal servers.

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Shuuji TAKAHASHI
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I use Google Maps because it has a lot of great features such as Google's rich APIs, geolocation functions, navigation search feature, street map view, auto-generated 3D city map.

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Pros of Google Maps
Pros of Postmates API
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    Free
  • 136
    Address input through maps api
  • 81
    Sharable Directions
  • 47
    Google Earth
  • 45
    Unique
  • 3
    Custom maps designing
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    Cons of Google Maps
    Cons of Postmates API
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      Google Attributions and logo
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      Only map allowed alongside google place autocomplete
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      What is Google Maps?

      Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

      What is Postmates API?

      Using the Postmates Delivery API, developers can integrate our on-demand local delivery platform into their applications. The API is designed to allow application developers to check prices, schedules, book a delivery, then follow updates on that delivery till completion.

      Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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        What are some alternatives to Google Maps and Postmates API?
        Mapbox
        We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
        OpenStreetMap
        OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
        TomTom
        It is the leading independent location technology specialist, shaping mobility with highly accurate maps, navigation, real-time traffic info and services.
        Leaflet
        Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.
        OpenLayers
        An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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