How to Navigate Optimized Driver Routes With Voice GPS
Voice GPS or voice-guided navigation provides spoken turn-by-turn driving directions. It improves driver safety and helps delivery drivers focus their undivided attention on the road. Furthermore, a navigation app that can provide voice directions not only promotes driver safety but is also more comfortable to use. With voice navigation directions, delivery drivers don’t have to constantly look at their smartphones while behind the wheel.
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How to Navigate Optimized Routes With Voice GPS?
For your delivery drivers to navigate optimized routes with spoken turn-by-turn driving directions, you’ll need to find a navigation app that integrates with your route planner. However, when using third-party navigation apps may result in navigation algorithm conflicts. When this happens, you may end up navigating a different route than the one that your routing software carefully planned and optimized.
To prevent any navigation algorithm issues with 3rd party GPS navigation apps, the Route4Me iOS and Android route planner apps have built-in voice-guided navigation. On that note, here’s how you can navigate optimized routes with the in-app voice-guided navigation:
1. Plan and Optimize Profitable Driver Routes
Before using the voice GPS navigation, you need to map your customers’ delivery addresses into the most profitable driver routes. With Route4Me routing software, you can do so both from your desktop computer or smartphone.
First, upload your addresses into the route planner. Route4Me allows you to choose from several easy address import methods, such as:
- CRM data sync (including HubSpot and Zoho)
- eCommerce platform integration (Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Magento)
- Uploading Excel spreadsheets with customers’ addresses
- Cloud storage data import
- Uploading files from file transfer online tools, including Dropbox and Box.net
- Copy-pasting customer delivery information
- And more!
After importing all the delivery addresses needed to plan your multi-stop routes, it’s time to establish optimization constraints. Route optimization constraints and business rules allow you to fine-tune your routes. With Route4Me, you can plan and optimize routes with multiple destinations that account for specific parameters, including:
- Number of delivery drivers available
- Number of depots
- Maximum number of packages per delivery car
- Vehicle loading and carrying capacity
- Equal workload distribution
- Maximum route distance
- Avoidance zones, etc.
If your routes don’t change much, you can create template routes and reuse them whenever necessary. This way, you’ll spend less time planning routes. Furthermore, Route4Me route optimization software gives you the possibility to create delivery schedules for your repeat orders so you’ll have better visibility into the availability and distribution of your assets and resources at any given time. Plus, delivery scheduling for recurring routes will also help you enable auto-delivery and provide delivery services similar to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save.
2. Dispatch Optimized Routes to Drivers
As soon as you have the shortest and fastest routes to reach all of your customers, it’s time to share those optimized routes with multiple destinations. With Route4Me, you can do so from wherever you are. You can dispatch routes straight to your delivery drivers’ iOS and Android multi-stop route planner apps while using your phone or computer.
Furthermore, Route4Me also allows you to assign specific vehicles from your fleet as per a route’s requirements. For example, if a route has multiple addresses located downtown, you might need to assign a smaller vehicle to that route – a delivery van instead of a truck. The vehicle dispatch feature will help you plan all the details ahead so that you’ll avoid hefty fines and prevent wasted time.
To make dispatch management easier, Route4Me enables you to create a profile for your team members and add all of your fleet assets to the route planner. You can create vehicle profiles from scratch and input the vehicles’ parameters manually. Alternatively, you can also import vehicle profiles from your telematics solution.
3. Get Real-Time Driving Directions for the Driver Routes
After the dispatch management work is done, your drivers will receive the planned route on their route planner apps. Route4Me enables delivery drivers to choose from several 3rd party GPS navigation apps. Drivers can navigate Route4Me routes with navigation apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, CoPilot, Waze, HERE WeGo, Yandex.Navi, etc.
However, to ensure your route planning efforts are not in vain, your drivers must use the Route4Me in-app voice-guided navigation. Otherwise, your delivery drivers might end up navigating longer routes.
With the integrated voice GPS navigation, drivers will get spoken turn-by-turn driving directions immediately after tapping the Navigate button. Plus, the Route4Me in-app voice GPS navigation accounts for real-time traffic conditions. It adjusts the directions accordingly while keeping your multi-stop delivery routes as short and fast as possible.
4. Navigate the Route With in-App Voice GPS Navigation
Next, your drivers can navigate the routes and get voice directions. With voice GPS navigation, drivers will no longer strain their eyes from looking back and forth at the road and their GPS maps. This way, a voice GPS navigation system could lower driver fatigue levels and prevent accidents from lack of attention. Therefore, voice-guided GPS navigation for cars is safer for drivers – and more convenient!
5. Make Live Route Changes and Get New Driving Directions With Voice GPS
Since changes can occur at any time, you might need to adjust your driver routes after they’ve been dispatched. With Route4Me, you can dynamically add stops to in-progress routes. The changes will then be synced with your drivers’ route planner apps. Plus, the in-app voice GPS navigation will automatically recalculate the route and provide the most optimal driving directions from one place to another.
With Route4Me routing software, you have the flexibility to edit any route on the go. You can apply dynamic changes to planned multi-stop routes from the Route4Me web-based platform or route planner app.