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The core feature of the Sygic Maps SDK is Maps. The key concepts covered in this section include adding a map to an Android application, changing the location displayed by the map and its various properties. The classes covered include MapFragment and MapView. The MapFragment is a standard Android Fragment derived component. It is creating and managing a child View for rendering the map. This view is created during fragment's onCreateMethod and attached as a child view to the fragment and wrapped by the SDK class MapView. Depending on the specified parameter, this view may be of a type SurfaceView (default) or TextureView. To obtain an instance of MapView from the fragment call the asynchronous MapFragment.getMapAsync():

mapFragment.getMapAsync(object : OnMapInitListener {
  override fun onMapInitializationInterrupted() {}

  override fun onMapReady(mapView: MapView) {
    // now you can use the returned MapView

Once the map is ready, you can get the MapView synchronously, using the MapFragment.mapView. For example, the following code snippet illustrates how to render the Map at London, UK:

// get MapView
val map = mapFragment.mapView

// Set the map center to London, UK.
map?.cameraModel?.position = GeoCoordinates(51.509865, -0.118092)
// Set the zoom level to 12
map?.cameraModel?.zoomLevel = 12F

London at zoom level 12

To enable online maps, you need to get the OnlineManager using the OnlineManagerProvider.getInstance() and then call enableOnlineMapStreaming on the onlineManager instance. To display offline maps, see Offline Maps.

In the preceding code the GeoCoordinates for the map center is created by a call to the GeoCoordinates(Double, Double) constructor.

Map Handling

Once the MapView is initialized, it can be manipulated and interacted in a variety of ways. Some key attributes of the MapView are its orientation, tilt, geographical center (geoCenter), and zoom level (zoom). You can use these to customize the displayed map via the Camera class.

Zoom Level

The size of the geographical area displayed by Map can be controlled by changing the zoom level. The values can be in the interval between 0 and 20, where 0 is the highest view (you will see the whole Earth) and 20 is the lowest view, almost on the road.

// Set the zoom to for example 18.5.
mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.zoomLevel = 18.5F

// Get the zoom level, should be 18.5.
val zoom = mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.zoomLevel

Below is the center of London on zoom level 6, 12 and 18:

London at zoom level 6 London at zoom level 12 London at zoom level 18


The map can be rotated in any direction from 0 to 360 degrees (rotating counter-clockwise). By default, the rotation is in a true North position (0 degrees). For example, use rotation of 90 degrees to look to the West, 180 degrees to look to the South and 270 degrees to look to the East. The following code changes the orientation to South-up (180 degrees).

// Rotate by 180 degrees.
mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.rotation = 180F

// Get the rotation that you have set above - the returned value should be 180.
val rotation = mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.rotation

Below is the center of London rotated to North-up (0 degrees rotation) and to the West-up (90 degrees rotation)

London north-up rotation London east-up rotation


The map can be tilted between 0 and 90 degrees and rendered in a three-dimensional perspective. By default, the tilt is 0 degrees which means the map looks completely flat (two-dimensional, camera is looking perpendicularly down). Changing this value to anything above 0 will tilt the camera in the specified degree and you will see the map in 3D.

// Set the tilt to 45 degrees
mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.tilt = 45F

// Get the tilt
val tilt = mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.tilt

Below is the center of London with tilt 0 degrees and tilt 45 degrees

London tilt 0 degrees London tilt 45 degrees

Camera modes

You can set Camera to change position or rotation automatically by setting an appropriate mode. Using the Camera.MovementMode.FollowGpsPositionWithAutozoom, the camera follows the vehicle automatically. If you use this option along with the vehicle rotation set to Vehicle, the camera will rotate according to the vehicle's heading and it will also zoom in when approaching a junction and then zoom out. Below is an example of how to set this.

mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.apply {
    movementMode = Camera.MovementMode.FollowGpsPositionWithAutozoom
    rotationMode = Camera.RotationMode.Vehicle

Tilt used to display 3D or 2D mode

Camera listeners

If you want to be notified about certain camera events, you can simply add camera listeners this way:

val modeChangedListener = object : Camera.ModeChangedListener {
    override fun onMovementModeChanged(@Camera.MovementMode mode: Int) {
        when (mode) {
            Camera.MovementMode.Free -> {
                // gps position will not be followed by camera in any way
            Camera.MovementMode.FollowGpsPositionWithAutozoom -> {
                // camera will follow gps position and zoom in and out according to your speed
            Camera.MovementMode.FollowGpsPosition -> {
                // camera will follow gps position (without autozoom)

    override fun onRotationModeChanged(@Camera.RotationMode mode: Int) {
        when (mode) {
            Camera.RotationMode.Free -> {
                // camera will not rotate with your device
            Camera.RotationMode.NorthUp -> {
                // map will always be displayed north-up
            Camera.RotationMode.Attitude -> {
                // camera will rotate according to attitude
            Camera.RotationMode.Vehicle -> {
                // camera will rotate according to vehicle


val positionChangedListener = object : Camera.PositionChangedListener {
    override fun onPositionChanged(geoCenter: GeoCoordinates?, zoom: Float, rotation: Float, tilt: Float) {
        // camera position changed

    override fun onPositionChangeCompleted() {
        // e.g. when moving animation finished

If you no longer need listeners, don't forget to unregister them, (for example in OnDestroy of your Activity):

mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.apply {

Default map click handling

Touches on map are handled internally by the MapFragment. If you want to perform an action on click (like displaying a context menu, a bubble on the map, etc.), you have to register a MapGestureListener. We also provide the MapGestureAdapter class that provides default implementations so you can override only the methods that you need.

val mapGestureAdapter = object : MapGestureAdapter() {
    override fun onMapClicked(e: MotionEvent?, isTwoFingers: Boolean): Boolean {
        // do something
        return true

This will override only the onMapClicked() method. Calling true as return value will prevent delegating onMapClick to SDK. Then you can get the GeoCoordinates from the place where you tapped on the screen,

val geoCoordinates = mapFragment.mapView?.geoCoordinatesFromPoint(x, y)

where {x, y} are screen coordinates of point inside of the MapFragment (obtained for example from MotionEvent object).

Initial map state

By default, the map will show a whole globe after initialization. If you are adding the fragment dynamically in code, you can use factory method MapFragment.newInstance() and pass it your wanted initial CameraState.

val cameraState = CameraState.Builder()
    .setPosition(GeoCoordinates(40.730655, -73.997437))

FPS Configuration

You can set a custom FPS (frames per second) configuration. You can choose between two modes - Balanced and Performance. These two modes are affected by the targetFps value. If you choose the Performance mode, the engine always tries to achieve the targetFps value. If you choose the Balanced mode, the targetFps value is the lowest the engine should go in order to preserve battery life. The default is Balanced at 15FPS.

Let's see how to set the FpsConfig for the map to always try to run at 60fps:

mapFragment.mapView?.fpsLimit = FpsConfig(FpsConfig.FpsMode.PERFORMANCE, 60F)


The MapView class responds to a number of predefined touch gestures. The default behavior of the map for each gesture type may be used as-is, supplemented, or replaced entirely. The following table is a summary of the available gestures and their default behavior.

Gesture Description Following gestures
Rotate Rotate: Two-finger press, simultaneously orbit both fingers around the center point, lift Pinch, Spread, Move
Zoom out Pinch: Two-finger press, move inwards, lift Spread, Rotate, Move
Zoom in Spread: Two-finger press, move outwards, lift
Move Swipe: One-finger press, move, lift/don't lift
Tilt Tilt: Two fingers press, move up (increase the tilt angle) or move down (decrease the tilt angle)
Short touch Short touch: One-finger press, lift

Map input like map dragging, map rotation, map tilt, map zoom is handled internally by MapFragment. However you can override the default behavior by setting your own listener:

val mapGestureAdapter = object : MapGestureAdapter() {
    override fun onMapMove(e1: MotionEvent?, e2: MotionEvent?, distanceX: Float, distanceY: Float): Boolean {
        // do something
        return true

Set the return value to true if the listener has consumed the event, false otherwise. If false is returned, the default gesture action will be executed.

Objects and Interaction

The Sygic Maps SDK allows the addition of a variety of objects, each with a specific purpose, to a map view via its map data model. The types of available objects include map markers, routes, polylines, circles, polygons. To see all the objects check the MapObject.MapObjectType. Some objects are described in more detail below.

In order to display the map object on the map, the object needs to be added to a MapView's data model by calling addMapObject(). Map data model will properly handle all MapView states and insert objects into the map only when the map is ready. The objects are initialized using a builder.


Enables you to draw a circle on the map at a fixed geographical location. You can customize you circle's color, radius, lineColor - see the MapCircle API reference for more information.

val mapCircle =, -0.118092))

// you can remove the circle like this



Enables you to draw one or more connected line segments on the map. The segment vertices are specified by a series of GeoCoordinates. The visual appearance of the polyline can also be customized. See the MapPolyline API reference for more information.

val coordinates = listOf(
    GeoCoordinates(51.509, -0.118),
    GeoCoordinates(51.524, -0.137),
    GeoCoordinates(51.572, -0.092)
val polyline = MapPolyline.of(coordinates).build()

// remove the polyline



With Sygic Maps SDK, you can display an icon at a fixed geographical position on the map.

val mapMarker =, -0.118092)).build()

// remove the marker


You can also provide your own image by using the BitmapFactory class. SDK provides two factories for creating markers from Bitmap or Drawable.

val marker1 =, -0.118092))

val bitmap: Bitmap = getBitmap()
val marker2 =, -0.122045))


A MapPolygon can be displayed on the map since the version 17. You can customize the border/center colors, their radiuses or its center.

val geoList = listOf(
    GeoCoordinates(48.164498, 17.160628),
    GeoCoordinates(48.141367, 17.099931),
    GeoCoordinates(48.113529, 17.124068),
    GeoCoordinates(48.126849, 17.199407),
    GeoCoordinates(48.145362, 17.164499)
val mapPolygon = MapPolygon.of(GeoCoordinates(48.147267, 17.150949), geoList)


A MapSmartLabel is a map object using which you can show text in a label that' i pinned to the route. It is mostly used when displaying the route's duration while choosing between different routes. A MapSmartLabel is created in the following example with the help of an already-computed route. You can read how to compute a route in the Routing section.

val mapTextStyle = StyledText.MapTextStyle().apply {
    textSize = 22F
    borderSize = 2F
val styledText = StyledText("${minutes}m ${seconds}s", mapTextStyle)

        .setMaxImageSize(900, 700)


MapPlaces and Clustering

MapPlace objects are objects similar to a MapMarker, but with advanced functionality. These objects have their own ID, description, coordinates and a MapPlaceCategory. You can define a number of categories and define a cluster or clusters using which the places will be grouped when zoomed out. This can largely affect the user experience in case that you have a lot of clickable (or non-clickable) images that you want to add to the map.

Let's start by defining the image styles. For this specific example, we have chosen an image from the default SDK drawables.

val categoryImageStyle1 = MapPlaceCategory.ImageStyle(
    MapPlaceCategory.Placement(false, Point2F(0.5f, 0.5f))

val clusterImageStyle1 = MapPlaceCategory.ImageStyle(
    MapPlaceCategory.Placement(false, Point2F(0.5f, 0.5f))

We chose the same image for the category and for the cluster but it might be a good practice to create your own "circle" design for the cluster image.

Next, let's create a text style.

val textStyle = MapPlaceCategory.TextStyle(StyledText.MapTextStyle().apply {
    fontFamily = "Arial"
    textSize = 16.0f
    borderSize = 0.5f
    textColor = Color.argb(255, 255, 0, 0)
    borderColor = Color.argb(255, 255, 255, 255)
}, MapPlaceCategory.Placement(false, Point2F(0.5f, 0.5f), null))

The MapPlaceCategory.Placement's first argument is "inBackground" : set it to true if you want the text to be centered over behind the image, or false if it should be on the right side of the image. You can still set the anchor using the second argument. Also, the third argument (which is null in the example) stands for padding which can be set using a Rect object.

Then we can create our first MapPlaceCategory.

val cat1 = MapPlaceCategory(
    "cat1", // ID of the category
    null, // background style
    categoryImageStyle1, // the image style that we have created above
    "cluster", // the ID of the cluster that we will define in a moment
    10f // zoom limit

Then let's create a cluster category, which will be used for grouping objects that belong to the cat1 category.

val cluster = MapPlaceCategory(
    "cluster", // ID of the category
    null, // background style
    clusterImageStyle1, // the image style for the cluster
    "", // the cluster has no other cluster that it should be assigned to
    8F // zoom limit

After specifying the categories, we can get to creating several MapPlaces.

val places = arrayOf(
        45, // ID
        "first place", // description
        GeoCoordinates(48.0991381130956, 17.237018659823903), // location
        "cat1" // category to which the MapPlace belongs
        24, "second place", GeoCoordinates(
            48.09862059241258, 17.237648805497336
        ), "cat1"
        25, "third place", GeoCoordinates(
            48.098978876517194, 17.238287466652846
        ), "cat1"
        26, "fourth place", GeoCoordinates(
            48.09811444077143, 17.23766583646148
        ), "cat1"
        27, "fifth place", GeoCoordinates(
            48.09957601114294, 17.236763195361704
        ), "cat1"
        28, "sixth place", GeoCoordinates(
            48.09934284511447, 17.236167111616563
        ), "cat1"

You can see that their IDs are different and they all belong to the category "cat1". After creating the MapPlaces, we can create a FillPlacesListener which lets you know whether you have added the places into the map correctly.

val fillListener = object : MapPlacesManager.FillPlacesListener {
    override fun onResult(result: Boolean) {
      // do something, or nothing

Lastly, call fillPlaces() to add the MapPlaces to the map.

    .fillPlaces(places, arrayOf(cat1, cluster), fillListener)

You can see that the method fillPlaces() has been called with the array of MapPlace objects that was created above, the array of MapPlaceCategory objects and the fillListener that we have specified just above. The images of the MapPlaces should now be visible on the map and should be properly clustered once zoomed out.

Map Schemes (skins)

There are some map schemes available so you can offer a different kind of map appearance to your users. The list of available schemes can be obtained by:

val availableSkins = mapFragment.mapView?.availableSkins

Some of the options are "default", "day", "night", "car", "pedestrian". The schemes can be combined as they are only incremental.

mapFragment.mapView?.mapDataModel?.setSkin(listOf("day", "pedestrian", "default"))

By default, MapView is created with skins "day" and "default". "default" skin contains all skinable attributes with their default values optimized for browsing map during daylight usage. However, these default values may be overriden by additional skins like "night", "car", etc.

For example, if you set "pedestrian" and "default", you will get the same map with pedestrian indicator of your GPS position, like this:

Day - pedestrian

On the other hand, if you set "car", "default", you will get slightly bigger street names, different POI visibility settings and vehicle (triangle) indicator of your GPS position, like this:

Day - car

And finally, this is the difference between "day" and "night" skins:

Day Skin / Night Skin

Sygic Maps SDK does not automatically switch map schemes during navigation mode. Before starting car or pedestrian navigation, be sure to save the current map scheme and switch to the appropriate navigation map scheme.

Setting a camera map rectangle

It is possible to set a map center using a MapRectangle or using a GeoBoundingBox. For example, this is how you zoom onto a route with 15% margins from each side of the display. The first example is using a MapRectangle, which uses a previously computed route's bounding box and has its own margin definitions. The second one uses just the GeoBoundingBox and the margins are defined after that.

// first example
mMapView.cameraModel.setMapRectangle (
    MapRectangle (
    MapAnimation (

// second example
mMapView.cameraModel.setMapRectangle (
    MapAnimation (

Route bounding box

Another example, if you want to show whole London using its bounding box, you can do it like this:

val topLeft = GeoCoordinates(51.692701, -0.561623)
val bottomRight = GeoCoordinates(51.303139, 0.380848)
val boundingBox = GeoBoundingBox(topLeft, bottomRight)
val margin = 10 // pixels
// fit London bounding box on the map with 10 pixel margin around the screen edges
mapFragment.mapView?.cameraModel?.setMapRectangle(boundingBox, margin, margin, margin, margin)

London bounding box

Disabling visibility of objects

It is possible that you would not want to see some of the objects that are shown directly in the map by default, such as 3D buildings, POIs or even roads. You can simply disable them like this:

mapFragment.mapView?.mapDataModel?.apply {
    setMapLayerCategoryVisibility(MapView.MapLayerCategory.Roads, false) // disables visibility of roads
    setMapLayerCategoryVisibility(MapView.MapLayerCategory.Landmarks, false) // disables visibility of 3D buildings (landmarks)

To enable them back again, simply call the same code passing a "true" value.

Requesting objects from map

To query what objects are displayed on map, you can call method MapView.requestObjectsAtPoint(). You can for example use a point returned from onMapClicked().

val mapGestureAdapter = object : MapGestureAdapter() {
    override fun onMapClicked(e: MotionEvent, isTwoFingers: Boolean): Boolean {
        mapFragment.mapView?.requestObjectsAtPoint(e.x, e.y) { viewObjects, x, y, id ->
            // your code
        return true

In the objects parameter there will be a list of objects, as multiple objects can be displayed in the same area. They can have following types:


This is the basic object that will be returned from every call to requestObjectsAtPoint(). It has only GeoCoordinates that can be retrieved using a getPosition() call.


This can be any object mentioned previously in Objects and Interaction that was added to map.


These are objects rendered by map itself, such as Places (previously Points of Interest) (ProxyPlace) or cities (ProxyCity). Obtaining detailed information about these Place objects is expensive data operation, therefore this information should be loaded via ProxyObjectManager.PlaceLinkListener(). Loaded information is provided as PlaceLink object which contains some basic attributes like name or place category. To obtain every available information, another call should be made to PlacesManager.loadPlace with given PlaceLink object as parameter. Example code:

val proxyPlace: ProxyPlace // viewObject of type ProxyPlace from requestObjectsAtPoint call
val placeLinkListener = object : ProxyObjectManager.PlaceLinkListener {
    override fun onPlaceLinkLoaded(placeLink: PlaceLink) {
        val category = placeLink.category
        val name =

        PlacesManagerProvider.getInstance(object : CoreInitCallback<PlacesManager> {
            override fun onInstance(placesManager: PlacesManager) {
                placesManager.loadPlace(placeLink, object : PlacesManager.PlaceListener {
                    override fun onPlaceLoaded(place: Place) {
                        val placeDetails = place.details

                    override fun onPlaceError(code: PlacesManager.ErrorCode) {}

            override fun onError(error: CoreInitException) {}

    override fun onPlaceLinkError(eCode: PlacesManager.ErrorCode) {}
ProxyObjectManager.loadPlaceLink(proxyPlace, placeLinkListener)

In release 17.1.0 a new functionality has been added - BreadCrumbs. When you move, it shows a "trail" behind your vehicle. Please note that you need to turn this function on in the JSON configuration for it to be active. You can also set it in the builder: SygicEngine.JsonConfigBuilder().mapSettings().breadcrumbsEnabled(true). Let's see how to use BreadCrumbs - at first you need to have a mapView. After that, just call the MapView's getBreadCrumbs() and also make sure that it's not null:

mMapView.breadCrumbs?.start() // to start showing the bread crumbs on map
mMapView.breadCrumbs?.setVisibility(BreadCrumbs.Visibility.Hidden) // to hide the visibility
mMapView.breadCrumbs?.clear() // to delete the visible bread crumbs path - this does not stop it!
mMapView.breadCrumbs?.stop() // this stops the logging

Logistic Information

If the maps that you are using contain logistic information, you can show the info in the map. For example, if there's an exception for trucks that contain hazardous materials, the whole route will be greyed-out with an icon over it. If you choose "Truck" as the vehicle for which the logisticInfo should be applied, the roads which are not accessible for truck will be grey, too.

All you need to do is to create a LogisticInfoSettings object and set it to the mapView. Let's see how to do it and more:

val logisticInfoSettings = LogisticInfoSettings()
logisticInfoSettings.vehicleType = LogisticInfoSettings.VehicleType.Truck
logisticInfoSettings.hazmatTypes = RoutingOptions.HazardousMaterialsClass.GoodsHarmfulToWater
logisticInfoSettings.maximumHeight = 3500 // in centimeters
logisticInfoSettings.vehicleWeight = 40000 // in kilograms

On top of that, you can change the appearance of several images, like this:

val image = RestrictionImage.Builder(R.drawable.xxxxxx).build()
logisticInfoSettings.setLogisticRestrictionImage(RestrictionImage.Config.create(MapView.CountrySignage.World, LogisticInfoSettings.IconType.VehicleWidth), image)

Incident Warning settings

It's possible that you would want to override the images of the incidents that are shown in the map. These are the icons of speed cameras, school zones etc., that keep popping up and disappear after several hours. At first, you will need to create a class that inherits from a BitmapFactory or Drawable factory and override the methods where the bitmap is created and use your own. In this example we won't create one but we will directly call it IncidentBitmapFactory. Consider this code:

fragment.getMapAsync(object : OnMapInitListener {
    override fun onMapInitializationInterrupted() {

    override fun onMapReady(mapView: MapView) {
        // the best way is to extract this into a method and use it in the onMapReady() callback
        val incidentWarningSettings = IncidentWarningSettings()
        incidentWarningSettings.setImageOffset(0.5F, 1f)
        // you can choose if you want to see different incident images while browsing the map or only while navigating
        // we choose "Both" in this example
        incidentWarningSettings.usage = IncidentWarningSettings.Usage.Both
        // now we can set the images for different types of incidents
        // all incident types can be found in the IncidentType class
        incidentWarningSettings.setIncidentImage(IncidentType.Crash, IncidentBitmapFactory(R.drawable.crashImage))
        incidentWarningSettings.setIncidentImage(IncidentType.Police, IncidentBitmapFactory(R.drawable.policeImage))
        // and now just set it to the MapView that you got in the onMapReady() callback