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Google has introduced a more flexible pay-as-you-go option to purchasing their Maps Web Service APIs via the Google Developers Console.

“In this new purchasing structure, the Google Maps Geocoding, Directions, Distance Matrix, Roads, Geolocation, Elevation, and Time Zone APIs remain free of charge for the first 2,500 requests per day,” Google said in a blogspost, “and developers may now simply pay $0.50 USD per 1,000 additional requests up to 100,000 requests per API per day. Developers requiring over 100,000 requests per day should contact us to purchase a premium licence.”

Developers that wish to start with the new pricing can visit the updated google maps API developer site to check out the APIs, get a key, and provide their billing details in order to enable higher limits.

The company said it has also updated its Maps/Earth APIs Terms of Service to include a section on payment terms as well as “some clarifications to the deprecation policy, turn-by-turn navigation restrictions and derivative data sets.”

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Olumuyiwa Coker | Author

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