New Feature: View Route Optimization Progress Bar and Adjust Route Optimization Quality

Route Optimization Progress Bar:

Users will now see a real-time progress bar inside the route planner interface while their optimized routes are being computed. Each step of the progress bar will indicate the phase that the optimization process is currently in, and will also permit a user to cancel the optimization at any time to adjust route settings. This capability makes it easy to estimate how much time remains before the optimization is completed and is particularly helpful when optimization problem sets have thousands of addresses.

API users should also remember that they can already request an HTTP callback for every stage of the route optimization process, so that they can monitor and keep track of their route optimizations without polling Route4Me.


Adjust Route Optimization Quality:

Many users have indicated that sometimes they would like to optimize a route very rapidly to generate multiple “What-If” scenarios. The purpose of these what-if scenarios is typically to get a coarse preview of what the optimized routes may look like and to test the feasibility of various capacity constraints. Therefore, to improve the user experience when creating simulations, we have created an easy-to-use route quality slider. The slider can be used to adjust the amount of compute resources that we will allocate to the optimization engine. Once several simulations have been executed, final routes can be planned with a higher quality. For non-simulation purposes,  and by default, we allocate the maximum amount of compute capacity per route optimization.


Multiple Maps Timeline Performance Enhancements:

The speed of the visual timeline which is used to graphically display each route on a timeline has been increased by approximate 11x. Support for up to 30 colors and simultaneous routes has also been added based on a customer’s request.


Release By Team Members: Dragos, Roman, Vlad, Serg