Digital Maps API by PTV xServer

How digital maps are used

  • Digital mapping – also referred to as digital rendering or digital cartography – is the process of displaying geographic data on digital maps. While early digital maps contained the same cartographic information as scanned versions of paper maps, the expansion of GPS has added functionality to digital maps, like the ability to include points of interest and other location-based datasets. Digital rendering is a prerequisite for all geographical and logistical functions and is crucial for tasks such as vehicle routing and optimization.

  • Why integrate PTV xServer Digital Maps API?

    PTV applies four decades of experience in digital mapping and working closely with leading data and maps providers. We offer highest data quality and level of detail, a vast amount of content and functionalities, and options for customizing maps. For instance, our map data includes highly detailed and accurate truck-specific information like weight limits for bridges, height restrictions for tunnels, and access restrictions for trucks – which is particularly relevant in urban areas.

    Our Digital Maps API is a software developer component, available as an easy-to-use and integrable on-premise solution or a cloud-based web service. Due to its standardized interface, the component can be easily integrated into an existing software architecture. Additionally, you’ll benefit from abundant documentation as well as continuous support.


    • Custom configure your map display or use pre-defined map profiles

      Our Digital Maps API enables you to configure the map display based on your requirements and preference. We also offer several pre-defined map profiles that are carefully designed to fit most standard use cases as an out-of-the-box-feature.

    • Visualize time-dependent data

      Choose among options for displaying time-dependent data by picking a point in or a span of time to visualize all valid data.

    • Localize your digital map with country-specific map configuration

      We offer standard map profiles for different countries and continents. In these standard map profiles icons and descriptions are automatically localized.

    • Build hybrid maps with single map layers

      Request single layers to build your own hybrid map. Choose between pre-defined layers, such as background, labels, truck-specific attributes or live traffic information. Change the order of layers to draw the polyline of a route between streets and labels.

    • Display additional data

      We can provide additional premium content and data, such as statistical and time-dependent absolute speeds, truck-specific driving restrictions and real-time or forecasted traffic events. The Digital Maps API enables you to view this premium content to make optimum use of our logistical algorithms. 

  • Digital Maps API Documentation

    API Version 1 is our established solution that is widely used in the market. Your company has been a customer for a while and hasn’t switched APIs recently? Then you’re most likely interested in the documentation on API Version 1

    If you want to see integration samples, you can check them out in the xServer API Version 1 Code Sample Browser.


    API Version 2 is the future of PTV xServer as it’s designed in a completely new framework. It is easier to understand and as a programmer, you will benefit from improved flexibility and consistency. If your company recently integrated PTV xServer into their software solution, is still in the middle of it or is planning an integration soon, you should look at API Version 2