Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is Route Optimization?

Route optimization is when you arrange the order to visit destinations so as to cut down on the amount of travel among the waypoints. When you choose this method (also known as solving the Traveling Salesman Problem), you have the option of preserving the first and/or last stops.

A GIS such as Maptitude determines the best order to visit the stops to minimize travel time or distance and displays the route on the map. Maptitude can also find the best order to visit the destinations and return to your origin depot. Maptitude can also optimize routes that account for vehicle capacity constraints, hours of operation, and more.

What is route optimization definition? Map illustrating traveling salesman problem to visit a series of stops with minimal travel time

Route optimized to minimize the travel time to visit a series of stops and return to the origin.

Multiple depot route optimization definition map illustrating how to service many customers with varying demand and time restrictions

Several routes optimized to account for varying levels of demand, time restrictions, multiple depots, and vehicle capacities.

GIS Software for Route Optimization

Maptitude Mapping Software gives you all of the tools, maps, and data you need to analyze and understand how geography affects you and your business. Maptitude includes route optimization tools for finding shortest paths, routes that service multiple waypoints, multiple-route planning, and long-haul routes.

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