Business route planner accounts for real-world road congestion

UK route planning specialist Postcode Anywhere has added real-world statistical road congestion data to its routing service for commercial vehicles.

The service now takes account of congestion data gathered from tens of thousands of UK TomTom satnav users, combining it with smart optimisation algorithms and vehicle height, weight and width data.

The company said that the TomTom data, called Speed Profiles, allows it to re-order journey waypoints according to historical traffic congestion information before putting them into an optimised order for faster and more fuel-efficient routes.

“What’s most exciting about this new service is that it combines complex optimisation algorithms with real-life traffic information for more refined results than we’ve ever seen before,” declared Richard Geary, Postcode Anywhere’s lead developer for route optimisation.

“The Speed Profiles data is collected by millions of TomTom customers across the world. More than two trillion community-contributed, anonymous GPS measurements have been taken to create and match roads against speed profiles. Using this data, waypoints can be re-ordered to give a ‘best-fit’ between road distance and achievable speed.

“The road statistics include average speeds across five minute intervals, on any day of the week. This is in contrast to traditional systems, which use standardised estimates to calculate routes - and consequently ignore significant factors such as traffic lights, rush hour, and school runs.

“Because optimised routes are typically planned well in advance of the actual journey, this is the closest commercial fleet managers will get to ‘real-time’ optimisation, and should see more capably planned routes and noticeable savings in emissions.”

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