Walking Travel Mode – Route Optimization on iOS Route Planner
Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner is designed to make your routing operations and transactions as fast and flexible as possible, allowing you to effortlessly plan, optimize, and navigate routes of any complexity on the go. Many last-mile businesses, such as food and parcel delivery, door to door sales, courier services, etc., often choose to complete their routes on foot rather than by driving a car. Walking routes are especially more productive and cost-effective in the cities with a high density of customers per square mile, heavy traffic, and hard-to-find and expensive parking.
Walking routes don’t burn gas, need mechanical maintenance, require expensive insurance, waste hours on parking, and so on. To help you win the last mile, in addition to the most optimal Driving routes, Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner also allows you to optimize the most efficient routes for Walking.
All you need to do is input the addresses that you want to visit on foot, and the Route4Me iOS app will automatically output the shortest navigation directions and the most optimal sequence of stops for completing your last-mile routes.
To plan and optimize a new route with Walking directions, first, go to “Routes” from the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen and then tap on the “Add New Route” button. To plan a new route and add new addresses, select the “Set Brand New Route“ option. To learn more about using the addresses from the current route for planning a new route, visit this page. Next, select “Walking” in the “Travel Mode” section.
After that, specify the rest of the route’s settings (learn more) and then tap on the “Done” button in the top right corner of the screen to apply the changes. After specifying the route’s settings, you need to set up the departure address from which the route will start. To do so, tap on the “Set Your Departure Address” button and then add the departure address using the preferred method.
After adding the route’s departure address, you can add or import the addresses that you want to use for planning the Walking route. To do so, tap on the “Add Another Destination” button and then add or import addresses into the route using the preferred method. To learn more about all available address addition and import methods supported by your Route4Me iPhone Route Planner, visit this page. After adding the preferred addresses into the route, tap on the “Plan Route” button to optimize the route.
When optimizing Walking routes, your Route4Me iOS Route Planner accounts for all predefined route settings, computes through millions of Walking route scenarios, and outputs the most efficient routing results that include the most optimal Walking turn-by-turn and navigation directions.
Re-Optimizing Driving Routes into Walking Routes
Given that Walking routes are planned based on the roads that are different from the roads used for planning Driving routes, routes optimized for Driving will always have different navigation directions, travel distance, arrival times, and other parameters than the routes optimized for Walking. To re-optimize a Driving route into a Walking route using your Route4Me iOS Route Planner, first, tap on the gear icon in the top right corner of the opened route. Next, select “Route Settings” from the menu, select “Walking” in the “Travel Mode” section and then tap on the “Done” button in the top right corner of the screen to apply the changes.
Once the Driving route is re-optimized into a Walking route, this route’s travel distance, arrival times, navigation directions, and other route parameters will change accordingly. Routes that are optimized for Walking directions are different from the routes optimized for Driving because both Travel Modes use different real-world road networks with different restrictions and rules when optimizing routes. Thus, using Driving route directions for Walking or vice versa can be not only inefficient but also extremely dangerous.