In the route planner of MyRoute-app it is possible to use different map layers. These so-called overlays contain information that can be useful when planning a route.
Please note! Map layers have no influence on the route calculation. This is exclusively determined by the basic map.
A. This is the basic map that determines the route calculation.
B. This is the button used to display the various map layer options.
The different map layers and their specific characteristics
If you have clicked on the icon at B, you will see the menu below appear. These are the different overlays you can choose when creating a route. Changing the basic map will always result in a change to the corresponding standard map layer ('Standard', TomTom and HERE respectively).
As shown in the image below, some map layers can only be used with an MRA Routeplanner Gold subscription.
- Standard - The standard map layer of MyRoute-app.
- OpenStreetMap - The appearance of the OpenStreetMap map: provides more information about the type of roads than the 'Standard' map layer.
- Michelin - This overlay shows, for example, which roads have a nice view by means of green sections (see also below).
- Google Maps standard (Gold) - The map now looks like Google Maps.
- Google Maps hybrid (Gold) - This is a combination of the standard and satellite map of Google Maps.
- Google Maps satellite (Gold) - This map layer shows the satellite image of the Google Maps map.
- TomTom standard (Gold) - The standard TomTom map.
- HERE standard (Gold) - The standard map of HERE.
- HERE Hybrid (Gold) - This overlay shows a combination of the different map layers of HERE.
- HERE satellite (Gold) - A satellite map of the HERE map.
- HERE terrain (Gold) - This overlay shows more of the kind of terrain than information about the kind of road for example.
- OpenCycleMap (Gold) - This map layer provides information of interest to cyclists such as bicycle junctions.
- OpenTopoMap (Gold) - This topographic map layer is composed of basic registrations and open geodata.
- Traffic - This option allows you to get information about the current traffic situation where available. The colour of the road indicates how busy the road is at the moment (see also image).
Which map layer is convenient to use?
The use of a map layer depends entirely on the purpose you have! Here are a few examples and tips & tricks from us!
What is especially nice about this map are the green lines along different roads. These indicate that the road has beautiful surroundings with beautiful views. So if you are planning a route through a beautiful area, but are in doubt which of the many roads will really be the most beautiful, you can use this overlay to select the most beautiful roads for your route.
The map layers of Google Maps often provide more information about 'special places' in cities and along the road. Think for example of petrol stations, restaurants, shops, businesses, amusement parks, car parks and much more! So for many people, this is a nice addition to the POI's you can activate.
As mentioned earlier, you always choose the basic map that suits the navigation system you are going to use, this is the map on which the route is calculated. This does not mean that you completely miss out on the look of the other map: the map layers are perfect for this! For example, very useful if you are planning a route and are curious about the information on the other map! Also very useful when you want to compare the routes of the different maps; see also Manual 'Compare Route calculation' (Gold).
MyRoute-app is also an excellent platform for cyclists to create their routes. That's why we've added the "OpenCycleMap" map layer to create even better routes for cycling.
It is, of course, important that you start a route with the mode on cycling. We recommend using the OpenStreetMap as a base map when creating cycling routes because this map contains most of the information about cycle paths and the like.
For more detailed information about creating cycling routes, see also our FAQ page How do I create a cycling route?