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Getting started with the Driver SDK for Android

You can use the Driver SDK to provide enhanced navigation and tracking to your Trip and Order Progress application. The Driver SDK provides vehicle location and task updates to the On-demand Rides and Deliveries Solution Fleet Engine.

The Driver SDK keeps the Fleet Engine services and your custom services aware of the vehicle’s location and state. For example, The vehicle can be ONLINE or OFFLINE, and the vehicle location changes as a trip progresses.

Minimum system requirements

The mobile device must be running Android 5.0 (API level 21) or later.


Transportation and Logistics Android SDKs are published to an Artifact Registry Maven repository. The repository includes the SDK's Project Object Model (.pom) files and offline Javadocs.

Get Access

If you are a Google Workspace customer, create a Workspace Group such as google-maps-platform-sdk-users@workspacedomain.com during onboarding and provide the name to Google. This is the recommended approach. Your Workspace Group will then be added to an allowlist that grants access to the Maven repository gmp-artifacts/transportation. Confirm that the user emails and service account emails that need access are included in this list.

If your organization cannot create Workspace Groups, send to Google a list of user and service account emails that need access to these artifacts.

Local Development

For local development, it is sufficient to log in with the Cloud SDK.


gcloud auth login

The email used to log in must be a member of the Workspace Group.

Automation (Build Systems or Continuous Integration)

Set up your automation hosts according to best practices:

  • If your process runs inside a Google Cloud environment, use automatic credential detection.

  • Otherwise, store the service account key file in a secure location on the host's file-system and set the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable appropriately.

The service account email associated with the credentials must be a member of the Workspace Group.


Configure Maven or Gradle to detect user or service credentials automatically.


Add the following to your app module's build.gradle file, not the project root module build.gradle file:

  plugins {
    id "com.google.cloud.artifactregistry.gradle-plugin" version "2.1.5"
  repositories {
    maven {
      url "artifactregistry://us-west2-maven.pkg.dev/gmp-artifacts/transportation"


Add the following to your pom.xml:


For information on verifying access, see Managing Java packages.

Project Configuration

To use the Driver SDK, your app must target minSdkVersion 21 or higher.

To run an app built with the Driver SDK, the Android device must have Google Play services installed.

Set up your development project

To set up your development project and get an API key for the project on the Google Cloud Console:

  1. Create a new Google Cloud Console project, or select an existing project, for use with the Driver SDK. Wait a few minutes until the new project is visible on the Google Cloud Console.

  2. In order to run the demo app, your project must have access to the Maps SDK for Android. In the Google Cloud Console, select APIs & Services > Library, then search for and enable the Maps SDK for Android.

  3. Get an API key for the project by selecting APIs & Services > Credentials > Create credentials > API key. For more information about getting an API key, see Get an API key.

Add the Driver SDK to your app

The Driver SDK is available via a private Maven repository. The repository includes the SDK's Project Object Model (.pom) files and Javadocs. To add the Driver SDK to your app:

  1. Set up your environment to access the host Maven repository as described in Get Access.
  2. Add the following dependency to your Gradle or Maven configuration, substituting the VERSION_NUMBER placeholder for the desired version of the Driver SDK.


    Add the following to your build.gradle:

    dependencies {
      implementation 'com.google.android.libraries.mapsplatform.transportation:transportation-driver:VERSION_NUMBER'


    Add the following to your pom.xml:


Add the API key to your app

Once you have added the Driver SDK to your app, add the API key to your app. You must use the project API key you obtained when you set up your development project.

This section describes how to store your API key so that it can be more securely referenced by your app. You should not check your API key into your version control system. It should be stored in the local.properties file, which is located in the root directory of your project. For more information about the local.properties file, see Gradle properties files.

To streamline this task, you can use the Secrets Gradle Plugin for Android.

To install the plugin and store your API key:

  1. Open your root-level build.gradle file and add the following code to the dependencies element under buildscript.


    buildscript {
        dependencies {
            // ...
            classpath "com.google.android.libraries.mapsplatform.secrets-gradle-plugin:secrets-gradle-plugin:2.0.0"


    buildscript {
        dependencies {
            // ...
  2. Open your app-level build.gradle file and add the following code to the plugins element.


    id 'com.google.android.libraries.mapsplatform.secrets-gradle-plugin'


  3. If you use Android Studio, sync your project with Gradle.

  4. Open the local.properties in your project level directory, and then add the following code. Replace YOUR_API_KEY with your API key.

  5. In your AndroidManifest.xml file, go to com.google.android.geo.API_KEY and update the android:value attribute as follows:

        android:value="${MAPS_API_KEY}" />

The following example shows a complete manifest for a sample app:

<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />

            android:value="${MAPS_API_KEY}" />

        <activity android:name=".MainActivity">
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

Include the required attributions in your app

If you use the Driver SDK in your app, you must include attribution text and open source licenses as part of your app's legal notices section. It's best to include the attributions as an independent menu item or as part of an About menu item.

You can find the required attribution text and open source licenses in the Driver SDK zip file:

  • NOTICE.txt
  • LICENSES.txt


If you use ProGuard to optimize your builds, you may need to add the following lines to your ProGuard configuration file:

-dontwarn com.google.**
-dontwarn okio.**

The minimum API level supported is 21.

Initializing the SDK

A provider ID (usually the Google Cloud Project ID) is required in order to initialize the DriverContext object. For more detail about setting up the Google Cloud Project, see Authentication and Authorization.

Before using the Driver SDK, you must first initialize the Navigation SDK. To initialize the SDK:

  1. Obtain a Navigator object from the NavigationApi.

        this, // Activity
        new NavigationApi.NavigatorListener() {
          public void onNavigatorReady(Navigator navigator) {
            // Keep a reference to the Navigator (used to configure and start nav)
            this.navigator = navigator;
  2. Create a DriverContext object, populating the required fields.

    DriverContext driverContext = DriverContext.builder(application)
  3. Use the DriverContext object to initialize the *DriverApi.

    RidesharingDriverApi ridesharingDriverApi = RidesharingDriverApi.createInstance(driverContext);
  4. Obtain the RidesharingVehicleReporter from the API object. (*VehicleReporter extends NavigationVehicleReporter.)

    RidesharingVehicleReporter vehicleReporter = ridesharingDriverApi.getRidesharingVehicleReporter();

Authenticating with AuthTokenFactory

When the Driver SDK generates location updates, it must send these updates to the Fleet Engine server. In order to authenticate these requests, the Driver SDK will call out to a caller-provided instance of AuthTokenFactory. The factory is responsible for generating authentication tokens at location update time.

How exactly tokens are generated will be specific to each developer's situation. However, the implementation will probably need to:

  • fetch an authentication token, possibly in JSON format, from an HTTPS server
  • parse and cache the token
  • refresh the token when it expires

For details of the tokens expected by the Fleet Engine server, see Creating a JSON Web Token (JWT) for authorization.

Here is a skeleton implementation of an AuthTokenFactory:

class JsonAuthTokenFactory implements AuthTokenFactory {
  private String token;  // initially null
  private long expiryTimeMs = 0;

  // This method is called on a thread whose only responsibility is to send
  // location updates. Blocking is OK, but just know that no location updates
  // can occur until this method returns.
  public String getToken(AuthTokenContext authTokenContext) {
    if (System.currentTimeMillis() > expiryTimeMs) {
      // The token has expired, go get a new one.
    return token;

  private void fetchNewToken(String vehicleId) {
    String url =
        new Uri.Builder()
            .appendQueryParameter("vehicleId", vehicleId)

    try (Reader r = new InputStreamReader(new URL(url).openStream())) {
      com.google.gson.JsonObject obj
          = com.google.gson.JsonParser.parseReader(r).getAsJsonObject();
      token = obj.get("Token").getAsString();
      expiryTimeMs = obj.get("TokenExpiryMs").getAsLong();

      // The expiry time could be an hour from now, but just to try and avoid
      // passing expired tokens, we subtract 10 minutes from that time.
      expiryTimeMs -= 10 * 60 * 1000;
    } catch (IOException e) {
      // It's OK to throw exceptions here. The StatusListener you passed to
      // create the DriverContext class will be notified and passed along the failed
      // update warning.
      throw new RuntimeException("Could not get auth token", e);

This particular implementation uses the built-in Java HTTP client to fetch a token in JSON format from the developer's authentication server. The token is saved for reuse. The token is re-fetched if the old token is within 10 minutes of its expiry time.

Your implementation may do things differently, such as using a background thread to refresh tokens.

Exceptions in AuthTokenFactory will be treated as transient unless they happen repeatedly. After a number of attempts, the Driver SDK will assume that the error is permanent and will stop trying to send updates.

Status and Error Reporting with StatusListener

Since the Driver SDK performs actions in the background, use the StatusListener to trigger notifications when certain events occur, such as errors, warnings, or debug messages. Errors may be transient in nature (such as BACKEND_CONNECTIVITY_ERROR), or they may cause location updates to be stopped permanently (such as VEHICLE_NOT_FOUND, indicating a configuration error).

You provide an optional StatusListener implementation like the following:

class MyStatusListener implements StatusListener {
  /** Called when background status is updated, during actions such as location reporting. */
  public void updateStatus(
      StatusLevel statusLevel, StatusCode statusCode, String statusMsg) {
    // Status handling stuff goes here.
    // StatusLevel may be DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, or ERROR.

Notes on SSL/TLS

Internally, the Driver SDK implementation uses SSL/TLS to communicate securely with the Fleet Engine server. Older versions of Android (API versions 19 or lower) may require a SecurityProvider patch to be able to communicate with the server. You should see this article for more information about working with SSL in Android. The article also contains code samples for patching the security provider.

Enabling location updates

Once you have a *VehicleReporter instance, enabling location updates is straightforward:

RidesharingVehicleReporter reporter = ...;


Location updates are sent at a regular interval when the vehicle state is ONLINE. Note that calling reporter.enableLocationTracking() does not automatically set the vehicle state to ONLINE. You must set the vehicle state explicitly.

By default, the reporting interval is 10 seconds. The reporting interval can be changed with reporter.setLocationReportingInterval(long, TimeUnit). The minimum supported update interval is five seconds. More frequent updates may result in slower requests and errors.

Disabling location updates

When the driver's shift is finished, location updates can be stopped and the vehicle marked offline by calling DeliveryVehicleReporter.disableLocationTracking or RidesharingVehicleReporter.disableLocationTracking.

This call will cause one final update to be scheduled for immediate delivery, indicating that the vehicle is offline. This update will not contain the user's location.

Setting the vehicle state

When location updates are enabled, setting the vehicle state to ONLINE will make the vehicle available for SearchVehicles queries; similarly, marking a vehicle as OFFLINE will mark the vehicle as unavailable.

You have the option of setting the vehicle state on the server side (see Update a Vehicle), or directly in the Driver SDK:

RidesharingVehicleReporter reporter = ...;


When location updates are enabled, a call to setVehicleState will propagate at the next location update.

Marking a vehicle as ONLINE when location tracking is not enabled will result in an IllegalStateException. A vehicle can be marked as OFFLINE when location tracking is not yet enabled or explicitly disabled. This will result in an immediate update. A call to RidesharingVehicleReporter.disableLocationTracking() will set the vehicle state to OFFLINE.

Note that setVehicleState returns immediately, and updates are done on the location update thread. Similar to error handling of locations updates, errors updating the vehicle state are propagated using the optionally provided StatusListener set in the DriverContext.