Aerial View API Usage and Billing

The Aerial View API uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Aerial View API requests generate calls to one SKU for all but mobile-native apps. Along with the overall Google Terms of Use, there are usage limits specific to the Aerial View API. Manage your costs and usage with tools available in the Google Cloud Console.

How the Aerial View API is billed

The Aerial View API uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model. The Google Maps Platform APIs and SDKs are billed by SKU. Usage is tracked for each SKU, and any API or SDK may have more than one product SKU. Cost is calculated by

SKU usage × Price per each use

Use our Pricing and Usage calculator to estimate your usage cost per API or SDK. For qualifying Google Maps Platform SKUs, a $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month for each billing account. This credit is automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs.

Pricing for the Aerial View API

SKU: Aerial View

A request to the Aerial View API that returns an aerial video URL.

(Price per successful lookupVideo request)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.016 USD per each
(16.00 USD per 1000)
0.0128 USD per each
(12.80 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

Only calls to lookupVideo that return URLs are billed. A single, successful lookupVideo response may return multiple URLs, each for a different resolution or orientation, but only constitutes a single billable event. Note that pricing does not depend on actual views of those URLs by end users.

Other usage limits

The following usage limits are in place for each API:

  • For the lookupVideo method, there is a default rate limit of 180 QPM (Queries Per Minute) and 100,000 QPD (Queries Per Day).

  • For the lookupVideoMetadata method, there is a default rate limit of 180 QPM (Queries Per Minute) and 100,000 QPD (Queries Per Day).

  • For the renderVideo method, the default rate limit is 100 QPM (Queries Per Minute) and 100 QPD (Queries Per Day).

If you expect your production usage to exceed these limits, you can request a quota uplift to increase your quota limit. Use this procedure to change the quota for lookupVideo and for renderVideo even though there is no charge for using renderVideo.

Terms of Use restrictions

For information on terms of use, see policies for the Aerial View API, and the License Restrictions section of the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Manage your cost of use

To manage your cost of use of the Aerial View API or to meet the demands of your production traffic, set daily quota limits on all requests to any API. Daily quotas are reset at midnight Pacific time.

To view or change quota limits for the Aerial View API:

  1. In the Cloud Console, open the Google Maps Platform Quotas page.
  2. Click the APIs drop-down and select the Aerial View API.
  3. To view the quota limits, scroll down to the Requests card.
    A table lists the quota names and limits.
  4. To change a quota limit, click the Edit icon for that limit.
    In the dialog that appears, in the Quota Limit field, enter the preferred billable daily quota limit (up to the quota limit, if any, specified by Google) and select Save.

If your API usage reaches your billable quota limit on any given day, your application will not be able to access the API for the remainder of that day.