How to use Feature Layer TruckTrafficPatterns

The new Feature Layer TruckTrafficPatterns was released recently with the new PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016.1H. Everything you have to know to get started is explained here:

What is it?TruckTrafficPatterns

The Truck Traffic Patterns are derived from (car) Traffic Patterns, influenced by many other data like height data, truck speed limits or passing restrictions. Route calculation for trucks considering typical traffic situation at a certain week day and a certain time of day can be done with this Feature Layer. To visualize this traffic situation the according route segments are colored. But because of the reason that the focus of truck routes is on major roads the coloring of segments is not realized for lower street levels. Moreover it is important to use either the TruckTrafficPatterns or the (car)TrafficPatterns at the same time!

Furthermore you have to know that TruckTrafficPatterns and TruckSpeedPatterns are the same Feature Layer and that they are used synonymously. TruckSpeedPatterns is used for the theme name and all including files. In every other case the name TruckTrafficPatterns is used.

What do I need to use it?

  • It is important to know that you have to adapt the vehicle profiles truckfast.xml, truckslow.xml, default.xml and trafficinfoloader.xml to use this Feature Layer. In the Dynamic Routing section you have to deactivate/delete the SpeedMapping because this would falsify the routing times. Furthermore there is a new Feature Layer Theme available, called PTV_TruckSpeedPatterns
  • License: Each Feature Layer theme must be licensed separately and for each PTV xServer

Where can I get it?

featurelayerThe Feature Layer can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login required). Soon, there will be the documentation How to use Feature Layer TruckTrafficPatterns in the online manual of the PTV xServer. If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

New Feature Layer will be available!

featurelayerWith the new PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016.1H we are planning to release the new Feature Layer Truck Traffic Patterns!

The Truck Traffic Patterns are derived from (car) Traffic Patterns, influenced by many other data like height data, truck speed limits or passing restrictions. Then, considering of traffic situations in the route calculation will be also available for trucks.

TruckTrafficPatterns_MuenchenMore detailed information about this Feature Layer, e.g. when it is available and how to use it, you will get in this blog and in the manual on time.

Info TMC Traffic Patterns

PTVxRouteServerWhen Traffic Patterns based on TMC will be used in any version of the PTV xRoute Server with the new PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016 1H the value of the memory has to be increased from 50 million to now 60 million. This can be done by adapting the dynamicParameter.normLayerSize in the xroute.properties.

If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

Driver Regulations for Australia

Lenk-und-RuhezeitenThrough the PTV xServer 1.20.1 Release, driving and rest times according to the Australian law are now available in PTV xRoute Server. Trips can now be planned with these time restrictions, providing the most realistic estimated time of arrival

Australian law

The laws apply to trucks with a weight of over 12 tonnes and to buses with more than 12 seats, including the driver. There are three options for maximum work time and minimum rest time to choose:

  • Standard Hours: Basic work and rest time limits
  • Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) : More flexible work hours linked to accreditation
  • Advanced Fatigue Management: Individual work hours linked to accreditation

But only Standard Hours and BFM are practically used. And because of the fact that these both options only differentiate after one week and our TimeCalculator for Australia counts weekly, there is no difference in the implementation and therefore only Standard Hours are used in the PTV xRoute Server. But in general that doesn’t cause any influence.

Standard Hours

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Standard Hours set out maximum work and minimum rest time. The whole driving time and any other task related to the operation of a heavy vehicle belong to work time. Everything else is counted as rest time. The time is always counted as 15 minutes intervals.

Time restrictions:

Any period of this duration Should not exceed this working period But contain at least this many Rests of this duration
5,5 h 5,25 h 1 0,25 h
8 h 7,5 h 2 0,25 h
11 h 10 h 4 0,25 h
24 h 12 h 1 7 h
168 h (7 d) 72 h 1 24 h
336 h (14 d) 144 h 4x „night rest breaks“, with 2x on following days

Differences to Europe

There are already Driver Regulations for Europe in the PTV xTour Server available and the implementation for Australia is based on the implementation for Europe. There are only differences because of the different laws according to the Driver Regulations. Without going into details, there are for example different regulations according to the maximum of daily and weekly working periods and the frequency of breaks they have to take.

Driver Regulations can be set with the method calculateAdvancedTour in regulations of the TourOptions and If you want to test the driver regulations I recommend you our Code Sample Browser.

How to use Feature Layer PTV Traffic Incidents

PTV_TrafficIncidentsTogether with our PTV xServer Release 1.20, the new Feature Layer “PTV Traffic Incidents” was released. Didn’t try it yet? Here is all you need to know to get started.

What is it?

TI_scale_150Feature Layer add additional routing network and rendering attributes to a map. The Feature Layer PTV Traffic Incidents provides actual traffic information to consider incidents like traffic jams in the route planning. The information is provided as dynamic Feature Layer and can be automatically downloaded from the PTV Layer Delivery Server with the PTV Content Update Service plugin.

What do I need to use it?

  • PTV xServer 1.20
  • Installed and configured PTV Content Update Service
  • License: Each Feature Layer theme must be licensed separately and for each PTV xServer

Where can I get it?

The PTV Content Update Service can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login is required). If you have installed and configured the service properly the traffic information data is automatically downloaded in your defined folder. Please contact your sales representative in order to get the corresponding license keys.

Where can I find information?

In the online manual of PTV xServer you can find documentation How to use Feature Layer PTV Traffic Incidents 

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Visit our Feature Layer Lab: http://ptv-logistics.github.io/fl-labs/

If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

High-Performance Routing with PTV xRoute

PTVxRouteServerFinally, High-Performance Routing (HPR) becomes available for PTV xRoute with the next release 1.20.1 in August.

HPR is based on pre-calculated routing networks that use a pre-defined map and route calculation profile instead of conventional road networks. Using pre-calculated routing networks may be less flexible, but provides a huge advantage in accessing times. Especially for large distance matrix calculation instances, the speed-up is crucial.HPR

Already now, HPR is available for PTV xDima, PTV xTour and PTV xTerritory. You can have a look at the PTV xServer Manual about High-Performance Routing.

WebinarFurther information will follow in our webinar about the PTV xServer release 1.20.1 in August. You can also contact the Support Team.