Route4Me Commercial Routing – Creating and Customizing Commercial Vehicle Profiles on the Route4Me Web Platform
Since different countries and states have different regulations, traffic restrictions, and physical road constraints for commercial vehicles, the vehicles of a certain size and weight must travel only on dedicated and approved roads. For example, certain vehicles, such as those that have multiple axles, hazardous materials restrictions, weight, width, height, bridge, and tunnel avoidance, and other Class 1- 8 vehicle restrictions, simply aren’t capable of traveling safely on all city roads. In addition to posing a serious danger to public and driver safety, driving commercial vehicles on public roads can also result in substantial fines and law violations. To minimize risks, increase operational efficiency, and avoid fines for using prohibited roads, Route4Me allows you to build an entire fleet of commercial vehicles starting from light-duty vans to heavy-duty tractor-trailers (learn how to create vehicles). After that, you can use default or create custom Vehicle Profiles with specific commercial parameters and assign them to the vehicles in your fleet that you want to use for commercial routing. Thus, when you assign a particular vehicle to a route, Route4Me will take into account all commercial parameters from this vehicle’s Vehicle Profile and apply them to the optimization in order to produce the most cost-effective routes on commercially approved roads.
To create new custom Vehicle Profiles for the commercial vehicles in your fleet, first, go to “Vehicles” from the navigation menu to open the list of all vehicles associated with your Route4Me account (learn more). After that, click on the “Edit” button next to any vehicle in your Vehicle Editor.
Next, scroll to the “Vehicle Profile” section and then click on the “Manage Profiles” button accordingly.
On the “Vehicle Profiles” page, you can view the list of all default and custom Vehicle Profiles on your Route4Me account. To create a new custom commercial Vehicle Profile, click on the “Create New Vehicle Profile” button accordingly.
After that, first, create a custom alias/name for the new Vehicle Profile. Next, if the vehicle is used for transporting hazardous materials, select one of the available hazard types: general, explosives, flammable, inhalants, caustic, or radioactive. NOTE: The selected hazard type affects the optimization so that the optimized routes include only hazmat designated roads and avoid restricted roads accordingly (learn more).
Next, fill out the maximum parameters that should not be exceeded by the vehicles that use this Vehicle Profile: Maximum Height (ft), Maximum Width (ft), Trailed / Straight Length (ft), Total Weight (lb), and Maximum Weight per Axle Group (lb). Thus, for example, by defining the Max Height as “14.25,” when this Vehicle Profile is assigned to a particular vehicle, and this vehicle is assigned to a route, Route4Me will optimize this route to include only those roads that can fit vehicles with total height up to “14.25” foot.
In the “Fuel” section, you can fill out the vehicle’s fuel information:
- – Fuel Type: Unleaded 87, Unleaded 89, Unleaded 91, Unleaded 93, Diesel, Electric, or Hybrid;
- – City, mpg: Average fuel consumption in the city (units can be adjusted – learn how);
- – Highway, mpg: Average fuel consumption on the highway (units can be adjusted).
To finish and save the Vehicle Profile, click on the “Add Profile” button accordingly.
Once the Vehicle Profile is saved, it is added to your Vehicle Profiles List, where you can edit it or delete it.
In order to make a particular vehicle in your fleet commercial, you need to assign a default or custom Vehicle Profile with commercial parameters to this vehicle. To assign the new custom Vehicle Profile to a particular vehicle in your fleet, first, click on the “Edit” button next to this vehicle and then select the corresponding Vehicle Profile in the “Vehicle Profile” section.
To apply the changes, click on the “Save Vehicle” button. Once the custom Vehicle Profile is assigned to the vehicle, the name of the assigned Vehicle Profile is displayed in the “Profile” column next to this vehicle.
To plan commercially optimized routes with the vehicle that has commercial parameters, you need to assign the corresponding vehicle to your routes. After that, Route4Me will take into account all parameters from this vehicle’s Vehicle Profile and apply them to the optimization in order to produce the most efficient commercial routes. To learn more about planning commercial routes, visit this page.