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Bike routes site collapses under costs from Google
« on: May 10, 2019, 06:32:47 AM »
Makes an interesting read.  I had this as an idea years ago, and of course only got as far as discussing the concept with a developer, when I realised that we would be entirely at the mercy of google, so went no further.

Bit like my idea of the Butty Van app :)

Unfortunately, as a number of you are aware, Google changed their pricing structure in the middle of 2018. We had a strategy in place. However, even this ended up not being acceptable to Google.

As a result of our success and continued growth – Google, the commercial Megalith, saw an opportunity for them and decided to impose punitive charges on the use of their map API.  We have negotiated with them to a large degree and we are still challenging them.

We are investigating redesigning the tech aspects of MotoGoLoco to see if we can reduce the pure  “Google” aspect as much as possible.  Once we have done this we will work out the new true cost and may have to build in some form of premium charge for access to various parts of the route builder.

A number of you have mentioned other base mapping alternatives. Unfortunately this is not as simple as it seems and would require a complete rebuild of the system. It would also mean losing a number of features. However it is still an option we are exploring.
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Re: Bike routes site collapses under costs from Google
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 06:24:47 PM »
Butty-van app, like that idea :)
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