Usually a route is optimized for travel time. The result is a fast route a real driver would follow accepting a longer distance, if necessary. But there are use cases where you want to optimize a route for distance, for example in case of billing purposes based on distance.
In the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.13.0 you have the possibility to use the new parameter ‘routingMode’ by selecting ‘FAST’ (optimize for travel time) or ‘SHORT’ (optimize for distance).
In the above example there is the orange route with longer distance but lower travel time using mainly the motorway (‘FAST’) compared to the blue route with shorter distance but higher travel time crossing the black forest (‘SHORT’).
Please note that both modes do not calculate the absolutely fastest or shortest route. The results are still meaningful and avoid rural roads and residential areas. If you want to know more, just have a look on the corresponding technical concept or test it with our brand new code sample.
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