Feeling a little stuck using the solution? You can choose from several ways to get some help with your app.
- Google encourages you to contact your Customer Engineering contact or your Business Development contact.
- See if the Release Notes have new information for you.
- Look for the latest version in the Google Maps Navigation SDK production builds download folder.
- For general development questions or urgent issues, contact Google Cloud Support. Only cases filed through Google Cloud Support are subject to an SLA (Service Level Agreement).
Support period for older versions of the SDKs
Unless otherwise stated by Google, when a new version of one of the Last Mile Fleet Solution SDKs is released, the support period for the previous version is four months from the new version’s release date. Google may, at its discretion, opt to continue supporting an older version of the Last Mile Fleet Solution for a longer period of time.
Google publishes release notes notifying customers each time a new release is available. You can subscribe to receive notices at the Google Cloud Console. The release notes include the date on which the older version becomes unsupported. You should upgrade your apps for all your vehicle drivers within 4 months of the release, that is, before the date specified in the release notes. The older version of the SDK may return errors after the specified date.
Example: Let's assume Google announces the launch of version 1.2 on April 10, 2018. The release notes indicate the date when older versions will no longer be supported. In this example, the date will be no earlier than August 10, 2018.
Decide on the right support service
Google highly recommends that you have support set up before you need it. Compare support services.
To find the level of support you currently have for Google Maps Platform:
- Go to Google Maps Platform Support in the Google Cloud Console.
- Your support service is shown near the bottom of the page.
Enhanced Support offers 1-hour initial response time for Critical Impact issues 24x7, escalation case privileges, investigation into more complex map data issues, and more. The Enhanced Support service is designed for those who are looking for fast responses around the clock, and additional services to run their Google Maps Platform workloads in production. See Google Maps Platform Customer Care for more information.
Sign up for, or cancel, a support service
Only Billing Administrators can change the selected support service, since it will apply to all projects linked to your current Google Cloud Billing account.
To sign up for, or cancel, a support service contact sales.
Contact the support team
If you find that your questions have not been answered on Stack Overflow or the Issue Tracker, please visit the Google Maps Platform Support page within the Cloud Console.
From the Google Maps Platform Support page, you can create new support cases and view, resolve, or escalate existing cases.
To manage cases in the Google Maps Platform console, you will need to have one of the following roles:
- Project Owner
- Project Editor
- Tech Support Editor
- Tech Support Viewer
The Tech Support Viewer role is only able to view case information and cannot interact with or update the case in any way.
To learn more about these roles, including how to apply them, see Grant support access. View a comparison of the roles mentioned in the Google Maps Platform documentation.
Create a support case
Project Owners, Project Editors, and Tech Support Editors can create support cases. If you don’t have one of these roles, contact your Project Owner or Organization Admin to get access.
- Visit the Google Maps Platform Support
Create a Case page in the Cloud Console.
- Alternatively, you can click the 'Create Case' button at the top of the Google Maps Platform Support page.
- Select the project related to your question in the top dropdown bar of the Cloud Console.
- Fill out the form in detail.
- Once your case is created, you can correspond with Support via Email.
Manage your cases
View, resolve, or escalate your support cases from the Cloud Console. Please communicate with support on your cases by responding to case emails. In the future, you can look forward to replying to cases in the Cloud Console.
Your cases are visible on the Cases page, while your most recent cases are also visible on the Google Maps Platform Support Overview page, which you can use to go to the Cases page. Select any case to see its details and interact with Google Maps Platform Support.
Cases are scoped to the selected project, so you will only see cases that were created within that project. If you have multiple projects and cannot find an expected support case, check to see if you are viewing the project from where you originally created the support case.
Resolve a case
If your case no longer requires support, you can either inform Support via email or you can click the 'Resolve' button at the top of the Case Details page for your case.
Grant support access
A Project Owner or an Organization Admin can grant all available roles from the IAM page.
- Open the IAM page in the Cloud Console.
- Select Select a project > choose a project from the dropdown > Open.
- Select Add, then enter the new member’s email address.
- You can add individuals, service accounts, or Google Groups as members, but every project must have at least one individual as a member.
- Select the member’s role. For best security practices, we strongly recommend giving the member
the lowest permissions needed. Members with Project Owner permissions are able
to manage all aspects of the project, including shutting it down.
- To grant Project Owner or Project Editor permissions, choose the appropriate role under Project.
- To limit a member’s permissions to filing technical support cases, choose the Tech Support Editor role under Support.
- Save your changes.
Contact Billing Support as a Billing Admin
The Billing Admin role does not grant permissions to create support cases on its billing account, because access to Support (Tech or Billing) is based on project permissions, and is granted to Project Owners, Project Editors, or Tech Support Editors on a project tied to the billing account. If you do not have access to any project tied to the billing account:
- Create a new project. You are automatically assigned the Project Owner role for this project.
- Enable billing on your new project, using the billing account used for your group's other projects.
- Enable a Google Maps Platform API from this new project.
Learn how to create a project, enable billing for it, and enable an API.
Since you are the Project Owner for this new project, you have access to Google Maps Platform API support case creation from that new project and can make inquiries about the billing account attached to it.
Support response times
Support response times are indicated in the table below (resolution times may vary):
|Severity level||Definition||Standard Support response time||Enhanced Support response time|
|Critical Impact - Service Unusable in Production||Critical functions of your production application are unavailable and there's no feasible workaround.||1 hour on weekdays, excluding regional holidays||1 hour on weekdays and weekends|
|High Impact - Service Severely Impaired||This issue is critically impacting a single user or critically impacting collaboration among users. Service doesn't work as expected, and there's no feasible workaround.||24 hours on weekdays||4 hours on weekdays, 16 hours on weekends|
|Medium Impact - Service Partially Impaired||Service does not work as expected but a workaround is easily available.||24 hours on weekdays||24 hours on weekdays|
|Low Impact - Service Fully Usable||Service does not work as desired, but functions (a workaround is not necessary).||24 hours on weekdays||24 hours on weekdays|
For questions related to data privacy and protection, you can contact us using the Data Privacy Inquiry Form.
Escalate a case
If you think that your case is not being handled optimally, you can escalate the case. An escalation manager will review your case to ensure that it is handled properly. Escalation managers can provide additional expertise or better prioritize a case based on business requirements, but they cannot grant exceptions to policies or terms of service.
One hour after a case is first submitted, you may escalate it. Use the Escalate button found in the footer of your support emails, in the case creation confirmation email, or in any response to the case. You can also click the 'Escalate' button at the top of the Case Details page for your case.
Request video conferencing
If you think that your case would benefit from a voice/video conference to aid in communication and issue resolution, open a Technical support case and request a video call, describing a meeting objective, and offer possible times (including time zone). Upon receiving a request, Google Maps Platform Support will schedule a session using Google Meet or a videoconferencing system of your choosing.
Request an SLA incident report
If you have experienced an incident that breached the Google Maps Platform Service Level Agreement (SLA), you can open a Technical support case to request an incident report. If you had opened a support case during the incident, you can make a request for an incident report on that case, rather than opening a new case. The incident report will include information about the impact and mitigation of the incident, and prevention steps that are taken to avoid such incidents in the future.
Request Assistance with a map data quality issue
If you have a complex issue around map data quality that requires investigation (such as a potential missing address or inaccurate address data), open a Technical support case and request a complex map data investigation. In your case, include details about the map data quality issue. Upon receiving a request, Google Maps Platform Support will engage with you to investigate the map data quality issue, and Google may make corresponding data changes.
Google Cloud project owners receive emails about backwards incompatible changes, mandatory migrations, legal, billing, and security issues that may affect their projects. To receive proactive notifications about such changes that might impact your project, assign the owner role with a monitored email address for each of your projects. Additionally, we recommend adding Essential Contacts to receive notifications in other categories.
Here are some other ways to stay up to date with Google Maps Platform:
- The Maps Public Status Dashboard tracks the availability and status of the Google Maps Platform APIs. It is the first place to check when you discover an issue is affecting you. The dashboard shows incidents that affect many customers, so if you see an incident listed it is likely related to your problem.
- Use the RSS Feed or JSON History links at the bottom of the Maps Public Status Dashboard to view a feed of current and past incidents. Every post to the Dashboard will trigger a post to the feed. To keep you updated, each post to the feed will include all the messages and updates pertaining to the corresponding Dashboard event. That way you won't need to dig through your feed history to piece together how things are progressing. RSS feeds are published in XML format. Browser extensions such as RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) allow you to preview the feed content and subscribe through your favorite RSS reader. JSON History is a JSON Web Feed of past incidents. A range of software libraries and web frameworks support content syndication via JSON Feed.
- Subscribe to our Google Groups to stay up to date with changes, outages, and other announcements.
- google-maps-platform-notifications: Technical updates about Google Maps Platform APIs and web services, outage notifications, and platform feature announcements (~3-5 per month).
- The Google Maps Platform Blog is a useful source of news and updates across all of Google's Geo developer products.
- The Google Cloud Blog provides updates on all Google Cloud products, including the Google Maps Platform.
- Subscribe to the Google Maps Platform YouTube channel for news announcements, developer tips, and featured developer stories.
- Learn how to get the most out of our APIs and SDKs with our developer best practice videos in the Google Maps Platform Geocasts playlist.
- Focus on the latest features and product announcements with the What's New on Google Maps Platform playlist.
For your reference:
- Acceptable Use Policy: Defines use cases which are acceptable under your License Agreement.
- Service Level Agreement: Describes expected uptime for the services and your entitlement to credit in the event of service downtime.
- Technical Solutions and Services Guidelines: Describes the support offering for your product.
- See your Service Addendum to the Last Mile Fleet Solution for the full terms of your agreement.