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New Bing Maps Routing API optimises deliveries

Published: July 31, 2018

Microsoft Bing Maps has launched the new Routing API that optimises deliveries based on driving time and distance.

Routing API uses algorithmic path modelling, and the addition of waypoint optimisation means the API automatically re-orders stops (up to a total of 25) to minimise travel time or distance. The route optimisation performed is based on actual road-distance, which yields much more accurate results compared to algorithms that cut corners and use simple straight-line ‘crow flies’ distance between stops; geographic constraints like rivers, lakes and divided highways can throw the ‘crow flies’ calculations off.

There is no additional charge for adding the optimised route functionality. Each API call to the routing service is 1 billable transaction, whether the optimise flag is specified or not, this includes passing in up to 25 waypoints for optimisation.

For requirements of more than 25 waypoints, or for more information about the Routing API, contact our Bing Maps mapping specialists at mapping@greymatter.com or call +44 (0)1364 655133.

 

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