Choose a ferry or rail shuttle connection

Up to now ferries or rail shuttles are automatically used on a route, if it is advantageous compared to road (as so called combined transport) and of course, if you don’t want to avoid them (see this blog post). In the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.9.0 you even have the possibility to choose a specific ferry or rail shuttle connection.

For this you just specify an additional waypoint of type ‘combinedTransport’ including the start and destination coordinates of the ferry or rail shuttle connection. The nearest port or station is automatically searched around the two coordinates and the corresponding connection is used on the route.

 

 

The left route above shows a route without a combined transport waypoint using an automatically chosen ferry. The additional combined transport waypoint on the right route allows to choose another ferry connection. Please note that this waypoint will not appear in the response and may not be used as start or destination of the route.

The best thing to start is exploring our new code sample for all available waypoint types including the new one!

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Once again too late…

Today the traffic load is more or less the same as before the coronavirus pandemic and so are traffic jams. In order to estimate the impact of the current traffic situation on a route, we offer in the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.8.0 the response parameter ‘trafficDelay’ for the complete route, leg or alternative route.

Therefore we compare the travel time with and without live traffic on the same route. That means the delay contains the time that it takes longer to pass the traffic jams than usually at that time (see concept). Just play around with the corresponding code sample!

Please note that in case of a calculated detour because of traffic jams this is not considered in the parameter ‘trafficDelay’, except there is also a traffic jam on the detour. To get the whole impact of the current traffic situation, you need two requests (one with traffic mode ‘REALISTIC’ and one with ‘AVERAGE’). 

In a next step we plan to deliver traffic events chronologically along the route. Than you know exactly where and why there is a delay.

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Avoid toll or ferries? Yes, indeed!

There are use cases where you want to avoid toll or ferries on a route, e.g. to reduce extra costs. Of course, this could lead to longer routes (see below the left route using a ferry and the right route avoiding ferries).

 

In the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.7.0 you have the possibility to avoid toll, ferries and rail shuttles by using the parameter ‘avoid’. Try it out in the corresponding code sample!

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Using electronic toll collection systems

Electronic toll collection (ETC) systems provide a fast alternative to pay the toll without stopping the vehicle, normally using a wireless transponder. As the driver does not have to stop, traffic delays are reduced. Moreover ETC systems are cheaper and more flexible.

In the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.6.0 you have the possibility to consider them by using the parameter ‘etcSubscriptions’. At the moment there are more than 50 different subscriptions for Europe and USA available. Just choose the subscription your vehicle is able to use and the toll costs are calculated based on that.

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Control your turns

In some use cases, truck drivers and deliverers prefer turns on the passenger side during the route. Even if this results in a small detour, it can reduce waiting times and enhance safety. Now you have the possibility to control such a behavior (see the right route below using the new feature).

 

Have a look at the new version of the PTV Developer Routing API V1.5.0 and start with the concept Turn Restrictions describing the new attribute ‘preferTurnsOnPassengerSide’.

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