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iOS UI Customization

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Using the Consumer SDK, you can apply custom markers and route polylines to your app design. These design elements enable your Consumer app to display a dynamic preview of the vehicle's route.

This guide describes the options the SDK provides in the consumerMapStyleCoordinator property. This property is available through the GMTCMapView class. It covers only the UI elements, and assumes you have a functional Consumer app. For information about setting up the backend services that the Consumer SDK needs, see the Getting Started with Fleet Engine.

Initializing UI customization options

The recommended callback used to initially set the UI customization options is declared in the GMTCMapViewDelegate. The mapViewDidInitialize callback is triggered when the GMTCMapView object is ready to render the map. The style coordinator is initialized, but no UI elements are present.

Swift

/** ViewController.swift */

class ViewController: UIViewController, GMTCMapViewDelegate {

  // MARK: - GMTCMapViewDelegate

  func mapViewDidInitialize(_ mapview: GMTCMapView) {
    // Set the UI customization options here.
  }
}

Objective-C

/** ViewController.m */

@interface ViewController () <GMTCMapViewDelegate>

#pragma mark GMTCMapViewDelegate

- (void)mapViewDidInitialize:(GMTCMapView *)mapview {
  // Set the UI customization options here.
}

Custom markers

The following example uses the GMTCMapView for customizing marker styles. To set the marker type and its properties, use setMarkerStyleOptions(_:markerType:). Your custom marker options override the default values provided by the Consumer SDK.

Swift

/** ViewController.swift */

private func changeMarkerStyle(
  markerStyleOptions: GMTCMarkerStyleOptions?,
  markerType: GMTCCustomizableMarkerType
) {
  let styleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator
  styleCoordinator.setMarkerStyleOptions(markerStyleOptions, markerType: markerType)
}

/** To restore the default values, call setMarkerStyleOptions(_:markerType:) using nil for the GMTCMarkerStyleOptions parameter.
Here is an example of retrieving the active GMTCMarkerStyleOptions. */

private func retrieveMarkerStyle(markerType: GMTCCustomizableMarkerType) {
  let styleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator

  // The 'markerStyleOptions' contains the stored style options for this marker type.
  let markerStyleOptions = styleCoordinator.markerStyleOptions(for: markerType)
}

Objective-C

/** ViewController.h */

- (void)changeMarkerStyle:(nullable GMTCMarkerStyleOptions *)markerStyleOptions
               markerType:(GMTCCustomizableMarkerType)markerType {
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *styleCoordinator = _mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator;
  [styleCoordinator setMarkerStyleOptions:markerStyleOptions markerType:markerType];
}

/** To restore the default values, call setMarkerStyleOptions:markerStyleOptions:markerType: using nil for the GMTCMarkerStyleOptions parameter.
Here is an example of retrieving the active GMTCMarkerStyleOptions. */

- (void)retrieveMarkerStyle:(GMTCCustomizableMarkerType)markerType {
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *styleCoordinator = _mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator;

  // The 'markerStyleOptions' contains the stored style options for this marker type.
  GMTCMarkerStyleOptions *markerStyleOptions = [styleCoordinator markerStyleOptionsForType:markerType];
}

Marker types

The following markers are available for customization:

  • GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.unknown
  • GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripPickupPoint
  • GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripDropoffPoint
  • GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripVehicle
  • GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.intermediateDestination

Use GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripPickupPoint, GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.intermediateDestination, and GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripDropoffPoint to customize waypoints during Trip and Order Progress.

Use GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripVehicle to customize the vehicle icon during Trip and Order Progress. The marker icon does not change according to the actual vehicle type for the trip.

Marker options

The customizable properties available for each marker are a subset of the properties provided by Google Maps MarkerOptions. The Consumer SDK GMTCMarkerStyleOptions are built using an initializer, and are immutable once constructed. Default values are provided for each property, so only custom values need to be specified.

The following properties are available for customization:

  • groundAnchor
  • isVisible
  • iconView
  • icon
  • zIndex
  • isFlat

Setting isVisible to false is the equivalent of "turning off" the marker. Enough data should be provided to allow you to use your own UI element in its place.

Example

Swift

/** MapViewController.swift */

private func updateMarkerUIOptions() {
  // Get the GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator
  let consumerMapStyleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator

  // The marker type that you would like to set custom UI options for.
  let customizableMarkerType = GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripVehicle

  // Initializing marker options.
  let markerStyleOptions = GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions()
  markerStyleOptions.groundAnchor = kGMSMarkerDefaultGroundAnchor
  markerStyleOptions.icon = icon
  markerStyleOptions.zIndex = 100
  markerStyleOptions.isFlat = false
  markerStyleOptions.isVisible = true

  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setMarkerStyleOptions(markerStyleOptions, markerType: customizableMarkerType)

  // Reset marker options to default values.
  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setMarkerStyleOptions(nil, markerType: customizableMarkerType)
}

Objective-C

/** MapViewController.m */

- (void)updateMarkerUIOptions {
  // Get the GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *consumerMapStyleCoordinator = [_mapView consumerMapStyleCoordinator];

  // The marker type that you would like to set custom UI options for.
  GMTCCustomizableMarkerType customizableMarkerType = GMTCCustomizableMarkerTypeTripVehicle;

  // Initializing marker options.
  GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions *markerStyleOptions =
      [[GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions alloc] init];
  markerStyleOptions.groundAnchor = kGMSMarkerDefaultGroundAnchor;
  markerStyleOptions.icon = icon;
  markerStyleOptions.zIndex = 100;
  markerStyleOptions.isFlat = NO;
  markerStyleOptions.isVisible = YES;

  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setMarkerStyleOptions:markerStyleOptions markerType:customizableMarkerType];

  // Reset marker options to default values.
  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setMarkerStyleOptions:nil markerType:customizableMarkerType];
}

Dynamic ETA updates for pickup markers

To create a pickup marker that dynamically shows the updated ETA periodically, update the marker style options for GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripPickupPoint.

Example

Swift

/** MapViewController.swift */

/// Updates the ETA every minute by creating a Timer that repeats every minute.
private func schedulePickupMarkerStyleUpdates() {
  Timer.scheduledTimer(
    timeInterval: 60.0,  // Update marker ETA every minute.
    target: self,
    selector: #selector(updatePickupMarkerETA),
    userInfo: nil,
    repeats: true)
}

/// Updates the marker options for GMTCCustomizableMarkerType.tripPickupPoint for the current time.
@objc private func updatePickupMarkerETA() {
  let consumerMapStyleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator
  let previousOptions = consumerMapStyleCoordinator.markerStyleOptions(for: .tripPickupPoint)

  // Get updated ETA icon.
  let updatedETAIcon = pickupIconForCurrentTime()

  let markerStyleOptions = GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions()
  markerStyleOptions.groundAnchor = kGMSMarkerDefaultGroundAnchor
  markerStyleOptions.icon = updatedETAIcon
  markerStyleOptions.zIndex = 100
  markerStyleOptions.isFlat = false
  markerStyleOptions.isVisible = true

  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setMarkerStyleOptions(markerStyleOptions, markerType: .tripPickupPoint)
}

Objective-C

/** MapViewController.m */

/** Updates the ETA every minute by creating an NSTimer that repeats every minute. */
- (void)schedulePickupMarkerStyleUpdates {
  [NSTimer scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval:60.0 // Update marker ETA every minute.
                                   target:self
                                 selector:@selector(updatePickupMarkerETA)
                                 userInfo:nil
                                  repeats:YES];
}

/** Updates the marker options for GMTCCustomizableMarkerTypeTripPickupPoint for the current time. */
- (void)updatePickupMarkerETA {
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *consumerMapStyleCoordinator = [_mapView consumerMapStyleCoordinator];
  GMTCMarkerStyleOptions *previousOptions = [consumerMapStyleCoordinator markerStyleOptionsForType:GMTCCustomizableMarkerTypeTripPickupPoint];

  // Get updated ETA icon.
  UIImage *updatedETAIcon = [self pickupIconForCurrentTime];

  GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions *markerStyleOptions =
                               [[GMTCMutableMarkerStyleOptions alloc] init];
  markerStyleOptions.groundAnchor = kGMSMarkerDefaultGroundAnchor;
  markerStyleOptions.icon = updatedETAIcon;
  markerStyleOptions.zIndex = 100;
  markerStyleOptions.isFlat = NO;
  markerStyleOptions.isVisible = YES;

  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setMarkerStyleOptions:markerStyleOptions markerType:GMTCCustomizableMarkerTypeTripPickupPoint];
}

Custom polylines

Polyline customization is set using GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator#setPolylineStyleOptions(_:polylineType:).

The following example shows how to set polyline style options:

Swift

/** ViewController.swift */

private func changePolylineStyleOptions(
  polylineStyleOptions: GMTCPolylineStyleOptions?,
  polylineType: GMTCPolylineType
) {
  let styleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator
  styleCoordinator.setPolylineStyleOptions(polylineStyleOptions, polylineType: polylineType)
}

/* Setting custom polyline options will override the default values provided by the Consumer SDK.
The default values can be restored by calling setPolylineStyleOptions(_:polylineType:) with nil for the GMTCPolylineStyleOptions.
The active GMTCPolylineStyleOptions can be retrieved via */

private func retrievePolylineStyleOptions(for polylineType: GMTCPolylineType) {
  let styleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator

  // The 'polylineStyleOptions' contains the stored style options for this polyline type.
  let polylineStyleOptions = styleCoordinator.polylineStyleOptions(for: polylineType)
}

Objective-C

/** ViewController.h */

- (void)changePolylineStyleOptions:(nullable GMTCPolylineStyleOptions *)polylineStyleOptions
                      polylineType:(GMTCPolylineType)polylineType {
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *styleCoordinator = _mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator;
  [styleCoordinator setPolylineStyleOptions:polylineStyleOptions polylineType:polylineType];
}

/* Setting custom polyline options will override the default values provided by the Consumer SDK.
The default values can be restored by calling setPolylineStyleOptions:polylineType: with nil for the GMTCPolylineStyleOptions.
The active GMTCPolylineStyleOptions can be retrieved via */

- (void)retrievePolylineStyleOptionsForType:(GMTCPolylineType)polylineType {
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *styleCoordinator = _mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator;

  // The 'polylineStyleOptions' contains the stored style options for this polyline type.
  GMTCPolylineStyleOptions *polylineStyleOptions = [styleCoordinator polylineStyleOptionsForType:polylineType];
}

Polyline types

The following polyline types are available for customization:

  • GMTCPolylineType.activeRoute
  • GMTCPolylineType.remainingRoute

GMTCPolylineType.activeRoute and GMTCPolylineType.remainingRoute are displayed throughout the Trip and Order Progress. The GMTCPolylineType.activeRoute is the route the vehicle is taking to the rider's next point, whether it is the pickup or the dropoff. The GMTCPolylineType.remainingRoute is the segment of the trip that remains after the vehicle completes the GMTCPolylineType.activeRoute.

Polyline properties

The customizable properties available for each polyline are a subset of the properties provided on Google Maps PolylineOptions. The Consumer SDK's GMTCPolylineStyleOptions are built using an initializer. They can be immutable or mutable if you want to provide custom values for any property. Default values are provided for each property.

The following properties are available for customization:

  • color
  • width
  • isVisible
  • isTrafficEnabled

Setting isVisible to false is the equivalent of disabling the polyline. By default, isTrafficEnabled is set to false.

Example

Swift

/** MapViewController.swift */

private func updatePolylineUIOptions() {
  // Get the GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator
  let consumerMapStyleCoordinator = mapView.consumerMapStyleCoordinator

  // The polyline type that you would like to set custom UI options for.
  let customizablePolylineType = GMTCPolylineType.activeRoute

  // Initializing polyline options with default values (immutable version).
  let polylineStyleOptions = GMTCPolylineStyleOptions()
  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setPolylineStyleOptions(
    polylineStyleOptions, polylineType: customizablePolylineType)

  // Initializing polyline options with custom values (mutable version).
  let mutablePolylineStyleOptions = GMTCMutablePolylineStyleOptions()
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.isVisible = true
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.isTrafficEnabled = true
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.setTrafficColorFor(.slow, color: .yellow)
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.setTrafficColorFor(.trafficJam, color: .purple)
  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setPolylineStyleOptions(
    mutablePolylineStyleOptions, polylineType: customizablePolylineType)

  // Reset polyline options to default values.
  consumerMapStyleCoordinator.setPolylineStyleOptions(
    nil, polylineType: customizablePolylineType)
}

Objective-C

/** MapViewController.m */

- (void)updatePolylineUIOptions {
  // Get the GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator
  GMTCConsumerMapStyleCoordinator *consumerMapStyleCoordinator = [_mapView consumerMapStyleCoordinator];

  // The polyline type that you would like to set custom UI options for.
  GMTCPolylineType customizablePolylineType = GMTCPolylineTypeActiveRoute;

  // Initializing polyline options with default values (immutable version).
  GMTCPolylineStyleOptions *polylineStyleOptions = [[GMTCPolylineStyleOptions alloc] init];
  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setPolylineStyleOptions:polylineStyleOptions
                                          polylineType:customizablePolylineType];

  // Initializing polyline options with custom values (mutable version).
  GMTCMutablePolylineStyleOptions *mutablePolylineStyleOptions = [[GMTCMutablePolylineStyleOptions alloc] init];
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.isVisible = YES;
  mutablePolylineStyleOptions.isTrafficEnabled = YES;
  [mutablePolylineStyleOptions setTrafficColorForSpeed:GMTSSpeedTypeSlow color:[UIColor yellowColor]];
  [mutablePolylineStyleOptions setTrafficColorForSpeed:GMTSSpeedTypeTrafficJam color:[UIColor purpleColor]];
  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setPolylineStyleOptions:mutablePolylineStyleOptions
                                          polylineType:customizablePolylineType];

  // Reset polyline options to default values.
  [consumerMapStyleCoordinator setPolylineStyleOptions:nil
                                          polylineType:customizablePolylineType];
}

Traffic-aware polylines

The traffic layer of the polyline is disabled by default. When it is enabled with polylineStyleOptions.isTrafficEnabled = true, segments representing stretches of non-normal traffic are drawn as the route.

Traffic conditions are represented as one of four speeds: GMTSSpeedType.noData, GMTSSpeedType.normal, GMTSSpeedType.slow, and GMTSSpeedType.trafficJam. The color representing each of those speed classifications can be customized with setTrafficColorFor(_:color:).