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Flow Segment Data


Service version: 4
Last edit: 2019.10.15

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This service provides information about the speeds and travel times of the road fragment closest to the given coordinates.

  • It is designed to work alongside the Flow layer of the Maps API to support clickable flow data visualizations.
  • With this API, the client side can connect any place in the map with flow data on the closest road and present it to the user.

Run this endpoint

You can easily run this and other endpoints.

  1. Go to the TomTom API Explorer page.
  2. Click an endpoint.
    1. Click Try it out.
    2. Enter/select all required parameter values and any optional parameter values.
    3. At the bottom of the form, click Execute.
  3. Review the Response.

Request data

HTTPS method: GET

URL format

For ease of viewing and identification:

  • Required constants and parameters are shown in bold text.
  • Optional parameters are shown in plain text.


curl command

curl -XGET ',4.84239'

Request parameters

The following table describes the parameters that can be used in a Request.

  • Required parameters must be used or the call will fail.
  • Parameters and values are case-sensitive.
  • Optional parameters may be used.
  • If there is a default value that will be assumed when an optional parameter is not used, it is shown in the table.
Required parameters
Parameter Description
The base URL for calling TomTom services.
The version of the service to call.
Value: The current value is 4.
The type of flow data to be displayed on the tile.

  • absolute
  • relative
  • relative-delay
The zoom level.
This will affect traffic incident coordinates to present both road sides separately.
Values: 0..22
The content type of the Response structure.
If the content type is jsonp, a callback method can be specified at the end of the service call.

  • xml
  • json
  • jsonp
The authorization key for access to the API.
Value: Your valid API Key.
The coordinates of the point close to the road segment.
They must be comma-separated and calculated using EPSG:4326 projection(also known as WGS84).
Value: latitude,longitude
Optional parameters
Parameter Description
The unit of speed.
Default value: kmph (kilometers per hour)
Other value: mph (miles per hour)
The segment width multiplier.
Default value: 10
Other values: 1..20
Specifies if the Response should include OpenLR code.
Default value: false
Other value: true
Specifies the callback method. Only used where the contentType parameter value is jsonp.
Value: jsonp

Types of traffic flow

Referring to the style parameter, there are various types of traffic flow to use.

  • absolute: This reflects the absolute speed.
  • relative: This is speed relative to free flow, highlighting areas of congestion.
  • relative-delay: These are relative speed values different from the ones for the free-flow. Only highlights areas of congestion.

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HTTP Request headers

The following data table lists HTTP Request headers of particular interest to clients of the Flow Segment Data API endpoint.

Required headers
Note: There are no required headers in this endpoint.
Optional headers
Parameter Description
Accept-Encoding Contains the content encoding (usually a compression algorithm), that the client is able to understand.
Value: gzip
Tracking-ID Specifies an identifier for the Request.

  • It can be used to trace a call.
  • The value must match the regular expression '^[a-zA-Z0-9-]{1,100}$'.
  • An example of the format that matches this regular expression is a UUID (e.g., 9ac68072-c7a4-11e8-a8d5-f2801f1b9fd1). For details check RFC 4122.
  • If specified, it is replicated in the Tracking-ID Response header.
  • It is only meant to be used for support and does not involve tracking of you or your users in any form.

Value: <string>

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Response data

XML Response body

An XSD schema is available for download. The XML Response of the preceding sample Request would look like this:

<flowSegmentData xmlns="" version="traffic-service 2.0.004">

JSON Response body

  "flowSegmentData": {
    "-xmlns": "",
    "-version": "traffic-service 2.0.004",
    "frc": "FRC2",
    "currentSpeed": "41",
    "freeFlowSpeed": "70",
    "currentTravelTime": "153",
    "freeFlowTravelTime": "90",
    "confidence": "0.59",
    "coordinates": {
      "coordinate": [
          "latitude":  52.40476,
          "longitude": 4.844318
          "latitude":  52.411312,
          "longitude": 4.8299975
          "latitude":  52.415073,
          "longitude": 4.827327

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Response field structure

The following table describes XML or JSON element fields that can appear in a Response. The types of the fields refer to a JSON Response.

Field Description
Main response element.
The version attribute indicates the software version that generated the Response.
Functional Road Class. This indicates the road type:

  • FRC0: Motorway, freeway or other major road
  • FRC1: Major road, less important than a motorway
  • FRC2: Other major road
  • FRC3: Secondary road
  • FRC4: Local connecting road
  • FRC5: Local road of high importance
  • FRC6: Local road
The current average speed at the selected point, in the unit requested.
This is calculated from the currentTravelTime and the length of the selected segment.
The free flow speed expected under ideal conditions, expressed in the unit requested. This is related to the freeFlowTravelTime.
Current travel time in seconds based on fused real-time measurements between the defined locations in the specified direction.
The travel time in seconds which would be expected under ideal free flow conditions.
The confidence is a measure of the quality of the provided travel time and speed.

  • A value ranges between 0 and 1 where 1 means full confidence, meaning that the Response contains the highest quality data.
  • Lower values indicate the degree that the Response may vary from the actual conditions on the road.
This includes the coordinates describing the shape of the segment.
Coordinates are shifted from the road depending on the zoom level to support high quality visualization in every scale.
The OpenLR code for segment.

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HTTP Response codes

Code Meaning and Possible Causes
200 OK
400 Bad request
403 Forbidden: The supplied API Key is not valid for this Request.
500 Internal Server Error
503 Service currently unavailable: The service is currently unavailable.
596 Service Not Found: Unknown version of the service.

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HTTP Response headers

The following data table lists HTTP Response headers of particular interest to clients of the Flow Segment Data API endpoint.

Header Description
Access-Control-Allow-Origin Indicates that cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) is allowed.
Value: *
Content-Encoding Indicates which encodings were applied to the Response body.
Value: gzip
Cache-Control Contains directives for a caching mechanism.
Value: <public, max-age=0>
Content-Length Contains information about the size of the Response body.
Value: <decimal number>
Content-Type Indicates the media type of the resource returned.

  • <application/json; charset=utf-8>
  • <application/javascript; charset=utf-8>
  • <text/xml; charset=utf-8>
Date Contains the date and time at which the message was originated.
Value: <http-date>
Expires Contains the date after which the Response is considered outdated.
Value: <http-date>
Tracking-ID An identifier for the Request.

  • If the Tracking-ID header was specified in the Request, it is replicated in the Response.
  • Otherwise, it is generated automatically by the service. For details check RFC 4122.
  • It is only meant to be used for support and does not involve tracking of you or your users in any form.

Value: <string>

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