Route Optimisation with Smart Route Technology

Oct 2, 2021 | Product

Route optimisation is more complex than simply finding the shortest path between two points.  Route optimisation is the practice of using software to plan routes through cities and rural areas. This helps reduce traffic congestion and improve local travel times.

Sometimes, simply considering the number and location of stopovers on the route is not enough to create a comprehensive plan that factors in all relevant information.

Just providing an estimate for your arrival time windows will not give you the outcome you need if all factors in calculating a route are not completely accurate.

Road XS has optimised several factors that are instantly calculated when optimising any route using our Smart Route Technology.

These factors include:

  • Arrival times
  • Passenger loading times
  • Passenger transit times
  • Vehicle capacity limitations
  • Road speeds
  • Average road traffic delays

All of this is calculated without having to do anything manually which is one of the leading benefits of using route optimisation software.  This reduces your operational cost, reduces your fuel costs and enhances operational efficiency.  With a route planner you can see the journey ahead and know the cost per trip and the time it will take to complete it.  By providing the most efficient route possible you can reduce transport costs and work on the basis of real-world, realistic modelling.

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Benefits of Route Optimisation

Road XS route optimisation software is one of the most advanced in the industry. The smart route technology enables transport operators to provide accurate estimated times of arrival, real-world routes,  the most efficient route and enhanced delivery routes. This can help provide timely and personalised service and keep passenger stress levels and maintain customer satisfaction whilst waiting for a journey to arrive.  It handles all the time complexity issues that are built upon the latest in cloud technology and user design.

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Here are just some of the benefits of using a route optimisation system:

Reduced Mileage

Route optimisation can reduce the mileage a vehicle travels. This reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption, bringing down the cost for the transport operator and supporting a higher transport growth rate at the organisation.  The automatic optimisation reduces the workload on staff and opens up spaces on a driver’s schedule.  Route efficiency means transfer times can be reduced and brings down passenger journey times too.

Increase Efficiency

By increasing the route optimisation optimising passenger and parcel collection routes, you are able to get more from your existing resources. This improves the productivity and throughput of your services so that you can cater for more passengers and deliveries without needing to increase your capital expenses in acquiring more vehicles, reducing the need for larger fleet size. This greatly reduces your transport costs.  It also increases your time efficiency as you are not spending time driving in a direction that is wasting fuel consumption but using an optimal route.

Route optimisation with Road XS is much better than manually planning every route, which is time-consuming and energy-sapping. When you scale up your passenger numbers, having to manually work out all the pickup and drop off points along with the metrics mentioned above can take too long, and you reduce the number of passengers you can cater for on any given day. You also improve your service delivery as you can accommodate more passengers in your local community.

Route Optimisation Increases Accuracy

With route planning and automatic optimisation, you can obtain greater accuracy over your vehicle arrival and deployment times. This enables you to provide better customer service as well as keep passengers better informed regarding the daily running of your services. Using our route optimisation software reduces the risk of human error in your day-to-day planning and streamlines your operations whether you are working from the office or at home.

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Instant Reaction to Events

If a driver calls in sick, a vehicle breaks down or a journey gets completely delayed, you can quickly adapt your transport services. Transport software enables you to adapt to your daily operations without needing to think about route optimisation and saves you lots of manual time in recalculating everything.  You can also respond to what is being called elastic demand for services, where demand-responsive services adapt in real-time.

This also works really well within a zone-based demand structure too.  The software can instantly adapt and respond to the changing environment and offspring route scenarios which are always learning and adapting.  Using shortest path algorithms within Road XS Smart Route technology means you can constantly adapt to the world and not create additional time and operator costs if you were to do things manually.  Using route optimisation provides a much more realistic calculation of what is happening, what may happen and what is about to happen.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready

With technology moving at a record pace within the electric vehicle market, optimising the routes used by your vehicles becomes more important than ever. With a battery depleting every mile you travel; more emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring you are getting the best-optimised route for your journey. A misstep here or there can result in unnecessary battery depletion.

Using Road XS route optimisation means you can maximise your “electric miles” and go further for your passengers.  This means you can get more from your electric vehicles and meet any variable transit demand from passengers.  This helps maintain your customer satisfaction and removes some of the nervousness about using electric vehicles for longer journeys.

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Provide a Smarter, Safer Passenger Experience

Using transport software can help deliver a much more direct and accessible transport service.  By generating optimal designs for routing within the software, you can better inform your passengers of the route they will be travelling, the cost, pickup time and once everything is completed, the estimated arrival time back home.

By showing your collection routes to passengers, which are built to their demand, you are improving communication without needing to say anything, reducing your call time and keeping your passengers with you.  You can also during transit improve your safety with GPS tracking so that in the event of an accident you know exactly where they are.

Technology today is able to present real-world routes at the click of a button so that passengers can feel comfortable that their needs are being met by your services.  Just like public transport routes are documented on websites and flyers (especially fixed bus routes), using technology and user-friendly design and engage customers more with your services.  Based on demand for your transport service, you can also show differences between routes when different scenarios are simulated.  This is helpful, as it means you can assess the transport costs related to a journey before it happens and check its viability.

Ready for Route Optimisation Software?

If you want your transport booking and journey management to become seamless, then contact us today, and we can show you what’s possible with our Smart Route Optimsation Technology.

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