New pricing changes will go into effect starting July 16, 2018. For more information, check out the Guide for Existing Users.

Street View API Usage and Billing

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Pricing and Billing Changes

Starting June 11, 2018, a new pay-as-you-go pricing model is rolling out for Google Maps Platform APIs. The new plan gives you more flexibility and control over how you use our APIs. You can use as much or as little as you need and only pay for what you use each month.

To provide you with an additional month of lead time, the new pricing won’t go into effect until July 16, 2018. Between June 11 and July 16, 2018, your use of the Google Maps Platform APIs will continue to be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing model.

For more information on what’s changing, review the API-specific Billing Changes and the guide to understanding billing. You can also estimate your monthly bill under the new pricing model with the pricing calculator.

Previous Pay-As-You-Go Usage Limits and Pricing

Until July 16, 2018, the Street View API has the following limits in place:

Standard Usage Limits

Users of the standard API:

  • Free until exceeding 25,000 map loads per 24 hours.
  • 640 x 640 maximum image resolution.

Note: Street View API metadata requests are free and do not consume any map loads.

Enable pay-as-you-go billing to unlock higher quotas:

After exceeding the free usage limits, billing at $0.50 USD / 1000 additional requests, up to 100,000 per 24 hours.
Quota exceptions may apply. Learn more here.

Note: If you enable billing and exceed the free limits, all billable requests must use a digital signature (in addition to an API key) for authentication.

Requests per Day (QPD) limits are ending, starting June 11, 2018

For Existing Cusomers:

  • If you are an existing customer, using the Google Maps Platform before June 11, 2018, you will be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: Starting on June 11, 2018, Google will begin to roll out the removal of the default QPD limits on existing billing accounts. This process may take up to six weeks.
  • If you rely on the default QPD limits to help you manage your cost of use, we recommend you set your own daily limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console, to override the default QPD limits set by Google. This will ensure that your preferred QPD limits remain in place.

For New Customers:

  • If you are a new customer, using the Google Maps Platform starting on or after June 11, 2018, you will be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: New customers will have unlimited QPD starting on June 11, 2018.
  • To help you manage your cost of use, you can set your own QPD limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

New Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

Effective July 16, 2018

How billing works under the new pay-as-you-go model

  • The Google Maps Platform APIs are billed by SKU.
  • Usage is tracked for each Product SKU, and an API may have more than one Product SKU.
  • Cost is calculated by: SKU Usage x Price per each use.
  • For each billing account, for qualifying Google Maps Platform SKUs, a $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month, and automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs.

See guide to understanding billing for more information.

Important: Enable Billing

As of July 16, 2018, to continue to use the Google Maps Platform APIs, you must enable billing on each of your projects. If you choose not to add a billing account, your maps will be degraded, or other Maps API requests will return an error.

Pricing for the Street View API

In the previous pricing model, Street View API panoramas were charged as map loads. In the new pay-as-you-go pricing model, panoramas are now charged under two panorama SKUs, for static Street View panoramas and dynamic Street View panoramas.

Effective July 16, 2018, the Street View API is priced as follows:

SKU: Static Street View

Prior to the new pricing, Street View panoramas were charged as map loads. They are now charged separately. A static Street View panorama is charged for each request to the Street View API to embed a static (non-interactive) Street View panorama. Usage of the Street View Image Metadata endpoint is not charged.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per PANORAMA)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.007 USD per each
(7.00 USD per 1000)
0.0056 USD per each
(5.60 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

SKU: Dynamic Street View

Prior to the new pricing, Street View panoramas were charged as map loads. They are now charged separately. A dynamic Street View panorama is charged for each instantiation of a panorama object in a Maps JavaScript API, Maps SDK for Android, Maps SDK for iOS application.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per PANORAMA)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.014 USD per each
(14.00 USD per 1000)
0.0112 USD per each
(11.20 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

An instantiation of a panorama object occurs when doing the following:

Other Usage Limits

While you are no longer limited to a maximum number of requests per day (QPD), the following usage limits are still in place for the Street View API:

Image Sizes

Street View images can be returned in any size up to 640 x 640 pixels.

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers who are correctly signing their URLs can request images up to 2048 x 2048 pixels.

Terms of Use Restrictions

For complete details on allowed usage, consult the License Restrictions section in the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Manage Your Cost of Use

To manage your cost of use of the Google Maps Platform APIs, you can set daily limits to all requests to any billable API.

To view or change daily billable limits for the Street View API, do the following:

  1. Go to the Street View API Quotas page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the projects list, select a project.
  3. In the Requests section, on the Requests per day line, click the edit icon, then enter the preferred total billable daily quota, up to the limit (if any) specified by Google.

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

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Premium Plan Customers

If you are on an existing Premium Plan contract, you will transition to pay-as-you-go pricing when your current contract expires. This transition will be done for you – there are no code changes you need to implement. Your account manager will contact you prior to your renewal date to assist you during this transition.

Street View API Usage Limits for Existing Premium Plan Users

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers:

  • Quota based on amount purchased annually
  • 2048 x 2048 maximum image resolution

Note: Street View API metadata requests are free and do not consume any Maps APIs Credits.

See Premium Plan Usage Rates and Limits for more information.

Additional benefits of a premium plan:

  • Annual contracts with enterprise terms
  • 24 hour technical support
  • Service level agreement (SLA)
  • Licenses for internal, OEM, and asset tracking use cases

See the Premium Plan guide for more info.

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