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MapQuest Navigation Demo

A simple navigation app designed for internal testing, to act as a reference design for customers, and to show off best UX practices for a navigation experience.


Building the Project

The project uses CocoaPods to manage 3rd party libaries. Pods are included with the source, but if you make any pod-related changes, run the following (and commit the resulting changes):

$ [sudo] sudo gem install cocoapods

And then install the pods via:

$ pod install

Note that you must open the workspace file from now on, not the project file. The workspace file is configured to build the pods and then our project, which now depends on the pod archive.

$ open MQNavigationDemo.xcworkspace

You'll have to add your MapQuest access key to the MQApplicationKey field in Info.plist. Also, be sure to update your Bundle Identifier and Team Identity.

MapQuest API Key

Get your MapQuest access key at

Traffic Data Collection: Requesting User Consent

MQNavigation is designed to collect location data during active navigation sessions in order to improve the quality of our routes and traffic data. Verizon/Mapquest believes the user's privacy is of the highest importance. Your application is required to request explicit consent to collect location data and to use it for the purposes enumerated below before navigation will proceed. Verizon may share de-identified location information with third parties for limited aggregate purposes, such as traffic reporting.

This sample app has a generic dialog. Your in-app disclosure language should include:

  • Allow [name of app] to collect location and navigation-session information from your device while navigating.
  • Anonymous location data will be collected by Verizon's location service and sent to 3rd-party traffic services.
  • Verizon and its affiliates may use this information to enhance other location-based services and experiences such as local advertising.
  • Buttons: No thanks / I Agree

MQNavigationManager's userLocationTrackingConsentStatus flag has three possible states:

  • Awaiting - this is the default state. MQNavigationManager will not start navigation in this state.
  • Granted - the user has granted consent and MQNavigationManager will collect location information during active navigation only.
  • Denied - the user has denied consent and MQNavigationManager will not collect location information.

While in the awaiting consent state, navigation will not start and you will receive an error that consent has not been set. You may persist the user's response and set it for future navigation sessions.

How to use this Project

This project has several components you can use as a basis for building your own MapQuest-based Navigation application. These areas are designed so that you can re-use the concepts and code in your own projects. The demo is heavily commented for your reading pleasure. The project can be separate into the following areas:

Root User Interface

RootViewController.swift defines and sets up the basic user interface for the Navigation project. It is the delegate for NavViewController which allows it to respond to state changes: * Navigation Starting/Stopping * Updating UI for Manuever Text, ETA (estimated time of arrival), Warnings, Lane Guidance, Speed Limit * State of the map - whether its currently following the user's location/course or if the user has manually moved the map

The RootViewController also handles as a conduit between the Destination controller and the Navigation controller using the TripPlanningProtocol protocol.

Map and Navigation Controller

NavViewController is the heart and soul of this demo. It defines a NavViewControllerDelegate to communicate with the RootViewController, works with the MQNavigation framework, and handles all navigation interaction.

The NavViewController uses the MQNavigation framework to request routes, based on a current location, a single destination, and trip options (avoid highway, tolls, etc). The resulting set of routes is then displayed as an overlay on the map. From there, we let the user select which route to use. When the user starts navigation, MQNavigation is again called to start navigation at which point NavViewController begins to receive delegate calls for: * Start/Stop/Pause/Resume Navigation * Location Updates * ETA/Traffic Updates * Traffic Reroute Requests * Speed Limit Changes * Reaching the Destination * Prompts

The NavViewController also is a delegate for the MQMapView and lets the RootViewController know about UI changes changes that need occur when the user takes the map out of navigation mode. For example if the user pans or zooms, the RootViewController adds a Recenter button to bring the map back into navigation mode.

We have broken all of the delegate calls into their own extensions separated by //MARK: statements so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Audio Prompts

The MQNavigationManagerPromptDelegate provides prompts to you that you can handle any way you want. In this demo app we use our AudioManager that utilizes iOS' AVSpeechSynthesizer for the actual speech. The AudioManager handles the volume, ducking, headphone, Bluetooth, and alert management for you.

Search Ahead/Destination Controller

SearchDestinationViewController is a simple view controller with a UITableView that works with our MQSearchAhead framework. As you type in text, the MQSearchAhead is queried and the results are processed into an array that's passed using the SearchParentProtocol protocol back to the RootViewController and then to the NavViewController.

In the SearchAheadOperation class there is a collections property which refines the search results to : airports, addresses, POI, and franchises. You can add categories and admin areas - but those will return results with no location. However this can be useful if you wish to allow the search ahead to dig deeper into a specific type or area. For example if a result for "Sushi" returns "Sushi Restaurants" as a category, you might use that to limit the results to only Sushi restaurants. Please refer to the MQSearchAhead documentation for more information on these collections. Also note that the demo app does not handle category or admin area collections. SearchAheadOperation is a subclass of SearchOperation which you can use to create new search data sources.

We are using the Pulley library on Github to create a drawer for the Search Ahead. Pulley is not affiliated with MapQuest.

Annotations and Route overlays

Routes are generated as MGLPolyline overlays on the map. The RouteAnnotator class takes an MQRoute and enumerates the shape coordinates to create a colorful route based on being the selected or inactive route, or traffic. The NavController removes the old route from the map and then adds the new routes. The method that implements this is: draw(routes: [MQRoute]).

The destination annotation shows up as an image by responding to the mapView(:imageFor:) delegate call from MQMapView. To change the destination image, change the image returned in this method.

Requesting Routes and the Destination Class

The MQNavigation framework uses a MQRouteDestination protocol to define a single or set of destinations when requesting a route. This sample app subclasses the MQPlace class that we receive from MQSearchAhead and applies the MQRouteDestination protocol to this class. This allows us to have a complete destination object containing the destination name, address, display coordinate, POI MQID (if applicable) that can be used throughout our sample application and within the MQNavigation framework. The advantage to using the MQRouteDestination is if you have a MQID, our routing engine can use detailed context information to generate a better, more accurate route.

You can also request routes using only CLLocation coordinates as well.

Multi-stop Routes

Typically most people will drive from one location to the next, but occasionally they will setup a multi-stop route: Home -> Dry Cleaning -> Office. MQNavigation gives you control over what happens upon reaching each destination point. Within the demo app, the NavViewController notifies RootViewController that a destination was reached (if its not the final destination) and then gives the user the ability to decide when they have reached the destination (for example they may need to park). Once the user has accepted the arrival the demo app pauses navigation. Pausing navigation allows the user to select when they will continue upon the route. We set the text in the bottom view to let the user know that when they tap on the bottom view - it will resume navigation to the next destination.

Tapping on the next destination label on the main screen will bring up an alert asking if you'd like to advance to the next leg. This uses the MQNavigationManager's advanceRouteToNextLeg method. The MQNavigationManager provides the current route and the current leg and if you used a MQRouteDestination conformant object, the destinations you passed to MQRouteService to generate the route will also be available in the MQNavigationManager MQRoute object's destinations property.


Navigation generates lots of userful information that you may want to log for support purposes. The demo app includes a fully customizable LoggingManager that implements our LoggingProtocol. You can create your own manager based on the protocol or simply use the existing manager.

Further Documentation

For more information on the MapQuest Navigation SDK, check out:

For more information on the MapQuest Maps SDK, check out:

For more information on the MapQuest SearchAhead SDK, check out:


iOS reference app for MQNavigation SDK



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