Upload GPS Traces

You can visualise your own GPS traces (only .gpx files) in HERE Map Creator and see traces others have uploaded.

You can use these traces as background to digitise new roads or trails directly in HERE Map Creator or to verify the correct shape and position of existing roads. You can also confirm that roads on the map actually exist.


How can you upload GPS traces?

(Store only files you’ve recorded)

  1. Sign in to HERE Map Creator.

  2. In the tools menu (bottom right), choose Add .gpx file to browse for files on your computer.

  3. Select the file or files that you would like to display in HERE Map Creator.
    NOTE: Only .gpx files are accepted.

  4. A list of your file or files will appear at the right bottom of the screen. The files will be added to HERE Map Creator for your current session only (i.e., they will not be permanently stored).

  5. Select See on map to see your traces.
    NOTE: If you don’t want to permanently store your files and make them visible to other users, stop at this step. You can still digitise new roads based on your traces during this session. On your next session your gpx traces will not be visible.

  6. Next, select Save to save your traces and permanently.

  7. Confirm that you understand that others will be able to see your traces and that you won’t be able to delete them after saving.

  8. Now your traces are permanently stored in HERE Map Creator, and others will be able to see them as well.

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How can you see your GPS traces or those of other users?

  1. Sign in to HERE Map Creator.

  2. Open the tools option.

  3. Turn on the GPS traces view.

  4. Zoom in to an area. If there are any GPS traces there, you’ll see them as blue lines.

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Tips and tricks

  1. To add files faster to HERE Map Creator, just drag and drop .gpx files onto the map. These traces will not be saved but will only be visible during your current session.

  2. When the list of files appears in HERE Map Creator:

    1. Select See on map to see your trace on the map.

    2. Remove the tick from the box to hide the trace from the map.

    3. Select Remove to delete a file. For example, if you’re done with it or it’s not correctly displayed.

    4. Use the coloured squares on the right to change the colour of the trace(s) on the map. Changing the colour of traces help to differentiate them if you have several in the same area.

    5. If you’ve added several files but only want to upload a few of them, just remove the tick from the box next to the ones you don’t want to include, and then select Save all. Only the ticked files will be uploaded.

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Best practices

  • Keep in mind that the location accuracy of GPS devices can vary between products and types.

  • Keep in mind that GPS devices can record wobbling, angular and/or patchy tracks if there are disturbances or disruptions in GPS signal reception.

  • When digitising based on GPS tracks, consider the above points and always compare to the satellite image. Draw straight lines and curves based on reality.

  • If the satellite imagery is outdated, doesn’t show the new path or you’re working on a cloudy or forested area where you can’t see the images of paths, then generalise the track with logical straight lines and curves.

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