GPS Tracking – Track Drivers, Vehicles And Assets, Tracking Path, Playback, Breadcrumbs, Tracking Source And More

Route4Me’s real time GPS tracking software enables you to track the exact location of your drivers, vehicles, and assets on routes. You can see where your drivers are and where they’ve been with detailed route tracking history, view route compliance, and more. Moreover, Route4Me enables you to monitor driver GPS route distance, view GPS breadcrumbs, track geofence entrance and exit data, simulate routes before they start, view GPS route tracking history playback, and more. Drivers can use Route4Me’s iPhone GPS Tracking App or Android GPS Route Tracker to navigate routes, and their location is seamlessly synchronized with your Route4Me account in real time. Moreover, you can leverage Telematics Integrations for GPS fleet tracking via installed GPS trackers or OBD devices to get actionable intelligence into the route performance of your entire fleet. Track the exact GPS location of your field employees. See where your drivers are, where they've been with detailed tracking history, view their route compliance, and more with Route4Me's GPS driver tracking.

 

 

Real Time GPS Route Tracking And Tracking History

Route4Me’s best GPS tracking app enables you to view the current location of your drivers on routes at any time, easily track their routing activities, and gather actionable intelligence to improve routing efficiency. Real time GPS tracking can be performed through Route4Me’s iPhone GPS App and Android GPS App or Telematics. The app sends user route action and location updates which are seamlessly synchronized with your Route4Me account in real time.

To track a driver or a user on a route in real time, go to “Routes” from the Navigation Menu to open your Routes List. Then, click the “Open Route” button next to a preferred in-progress “Started” route or a “Finished” route to open it in the Route Editor.

To use GPS tracking for tracking drivers and vehicles, first open a route from your Route4Me Routes List in the Route Editor.

 

After that, in the Route Editor, click the Tracking Button to access the “Tracking Path“, “Breadcrumbs“, “Playback“, “Compliance“, and “Tracking Source” options. Learn more about these GPS vehicle tracking settings further in this guide.

In the Route Editor, click the Tracking Button on the map to access the Tracking Path, Breadcrumbs, Playback, Compliance, and Tracking Source options.

OptionDescription
Tracking PathThe actual path traveled by the user or vehicle on the route with travel direction arrows. The Tracking Path corresponds to the tracked GPS route activity of the user or vehicle reported by the Route4Me Mobile App or installed telematics device from a Telematics Vendor.
BreadcrumbsGPS tracking Breadcrumbs are shown at every location where the vehicle or field employee’s coordinates were updated by the Route4Me GPS App or telematics device on a GPS vehicle.
PlaybackEnable the Route Playback player, which you can use to view the recorded route navigation data as a video playback with playback speed controls. Additionally, the Playback player shows the dynamic speed of the vehicle on the route.
ComplianceTrack a driver’s compliance with the planned route. This option will display the tracking paths and distance for portions of the planned route that were actually traveled, detours and deviations, and the portions of the planned route that weren’t traveled.
Tracking SourceSelect the tracking data source for tracking paths and breadcrumbs. The Route4Me Mobile App uses location services to seamlessly synchronize the user’s location data on the route with your Route4Me account. The Mobile App tracking data source is shown as “Route4Me“. Alternatively, you can use a Telematics Integration with a Telematics Provider to track GPS vehicles on the route via installed telematics devices. Tracking data is synchronized with your Route4Me account according to the Vehicle Position Refresh Rate in your telematics settings, and the tracking data source is shown as the name of your Telematics Vendor.

 

GPS Tracking Path And GPS Distance On Routes

To view the Tracking Path of a field employee, check the box labeled “Tracking Path” in the Route Editor tracking settings. Specifically, the Tracking Path shows the actual driving path, biking path, or walking path of the user assigned to the route up to the user’s current location for “Started” routes and for the whole route if it is “Finished“. Moreover, the Tracking Path also shows arrows that correspond to the direction of travel of the user assigned to the respective route. In addition, the Tracking Path enables you to view when and where a driver has deviated from the planned route path.

The Tracking Path shows the actual travel path of the user assigned to the route up to the user's current location for Started routes and for the whole route if it is Finished.

 

Route Tracking GPS Breadcrumbs With Location Coordinates, Speed And More

To enable location updates on the map, check the “Breadcrumbs” box in the tracking settings on the Route Editor. This will enable GPS Breadcrumbs on the Tracking Path that correspond to the tracked user or vehicle’s position on the route when a GPS signal update is synchronized with the system. Specifically, location data is updated at regular intervals, and each Breadcrumb corresponds to an individual location update. In addition, you can hover over any GPS Breadcrumb to view the tracking data associated with that respective GPS tracking update.

In detail, GPS Breadcrumbs enable you to view the timestamp of the respective location update, the speed at which the user or vehicle was moving, the exact location coordinates on the route when the user or vehicle’s location was synchronized, and the tracking data source. Additionally, when using the Route4Me GPS App for tracking, the respective user’s username and account Email are included in the Breadcrumb data.

GPS Breadcrumbs on the Tracking Path correspond to the position of the tracked user or vehicle when a GPS update is sent to the system. Specifically, location data is updated at regular intervals, and each Breadcrumb corresponds to an individual location update.

 

The “Breadcrumbs” option also enables an active location indicator for the user or vehicle assigned to the route. Hover over the indicator to view the same tracking data as the GPS Breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumbs also enable an active location indicator for the user or vehicle assigned to the route. Hover over the indicator to view the same tracking data as location update markers.

 

Tracking History Playback With GPS Route Tracking Playback Player

In addition to location updates, Route4Me’s GPS Fleet Tracking Software enables you to view a playback of the assigned user or vehicle’s tracking history on the route. To open the Playback Player, check the “Playback” box in the tracking settings on the Route Editor. The Playback Player shows the total tracked route duration and the dynamic speed of the assigned user or vehicle. Additionally, you can skip to the start or end of the route using the corresponding buttons or change the speed multiplier to quickly and easily view a playback of the tracked route.

Route4Me's GPS fleet tracking enables you to view a playback of the assigned user or vehicle's tracking history. To open the Playback Player, check the Playback box in the Tracking Options menu.

 

Planned Route GPS Tracking Simulation

Route4Me’s GPS tracking system enables you to simulate a route before starting it. This feature provides a visual representation of how the planned route will be driven so that you can make corresponding adjustments to ensure everything goes according to plan. To do so, click “View” in the top menu bar and select “Simulation Tool” from the menu.

The Simulation Tool shows the planned route duration and the expected speed of the assigned user or vehicle on the route. Additionally, you can skip to the start or end of the route using the corresponding buttons or open the speed multiplier menu to speed up the simulation by the preferred factor, from one to one speed to a thousand times faster. This way, you can quickly and easily preview the planned route.

Route4Me's GPS tracking system enables you to simulate a route before starting it. This provides a visual representation of how the planned route will be driven before it starts.

 

Planned Route Compliance Tracking With Route Deviations Distance

Furthermore, Route4Me’s GPS route tracking enables you to see if planned routes are followed, when and where deviations and detours occur, how much of the planned route was completed, and more. To view route compliance and planned route adherence GPS tracking data, check the box labeled “Compliance“. Specifically, portions of the route that were traveled in compliance with the planned route path are marked in blue, and any detours and deviations are marked in red. Additionally, learn more about enabling, viewing, and exporting route compliance data.

Route4Me's GPS route compliance tracking enables you to see if planned routes are followed, when and where deviations and detours occur, how much of the planned route was completed, and more.

 

GPS Data Source – Route Tracking Data From Mobile App And Telematics

The Route4Me Mobile GPS Tracking App or a vehicle’s installed telematics device from a Telematics Vendor can generate tracking data for the GPS tracking system. For your convenience, the Route Editor enables you to seamlessly switch between Route4Me Mobile App tracking data and Telematics GPS route data at the touch of a button.

 

Tracking Routes With Mobile App GPS Tracking Data

The Route4Me iPhone GPS App and Android GPS Tracker App use location services to synchronize a vehicle’s position on the route with the Route4Me Web Software. Thus, you can track field employees on routes and their route compliance in real time. To view tracking data from the Route4Me Mobile App, click the Tracking Icon in the Route Editor map. Then, click “Tracking Source” from the tracking settings menu and select “Route4Me“. Along with Route4Me’s Geofencing functionality, mobile app tracking provides real time data on a fleet vehicle’s position on the route, destination arrival and departure coordinates, and much more.

Additionally, adjust the mobile app’s advanced navigation settings with Route4Me’s Advanced Configuration Editor.

The Route4Me routing GPS tracking app for iOS and Android uses location services to update a vehicle's position in the system. This allows you to track field employees and their route compliance in real-time.

 

Telematics Fleet Vehicle Tracking With GPS Data

Alternatively, a Telematics Integration between your Route4Me account and a Telematics Vendor enables you to track GPS vehicles on the map in real time and check route tracking history. Specifically, Route4Me will automatically collect the telematics data from the GPS trackers and telematics devices installed on your fleet vehicles and display it on the map. To view tracking data from your telematics provider, click the Tracking Icon in the Route Editor map. Then, click “Tracking Source” from the tracking options menu and select your telematics provider. Together with Route4Me’s Geofencing functionality, telematics GPS tracking provides real time data on a fleet vehicle’s position, destination arrival and departure coordinates, and more.

A telematics integration between your Route4Me account and a telematics vendor enables you to track GPS vehicles on the map in real-time and check route tracking history.

 

Track Multiple Drivers And Vehicle On Routes Map In Real Time

Furthermore, Route4Me also enables you to track multiple users on routes simultaneously. To do so, go to “Routes” and then “Routes” from the Navigation Menu to open your Routes List. Then, select the routes with the users you want to track assigned to them. After that, click “View” from the top menu bar and select “View on Multiple Routes Map” from the menu.

Alternatively, go to “Routes” and then  Routes Map from the Navigation Menu, filter, and select the preferred routes.

Route4Me also enables you to track multiple users simultaneously. To do so, select the routes with the users you want to track assigned to them and open them in the GPS tracking Routes Map.

 

The selected routes will be enabled on the map in different colors. Next, hover over the “Tracking” tab on the map and select “Users” to enable real time GPS user tracking on routes. This will add tracking markers for the users assigned to the selected routes and open the full list of all users on your Route4Me account. On the interactive multiple Routes Map, you can track dispatched route progress, destination visitation data, real time driver locations, and more.

The Users Panel displays the current connection statuses of all users on your Route4Me account with color-coded Connection Icons. Each color corresponds to a specific connection status, as outlined in the table below. Additionally, if a Telematics Vehicle is assigned to the route, the logo of the respective Telematics Provider will be displayed next to the user. Moreover, to only display users who are currently active, check the Connection Icon box in the top right of the Users Panel.

Your selected routes will be displayed on the map in different colors. Enable tracking markers for the users assigned to the selected routes and open the full list of all users on your Route4Me account.

ColorDescription
GreenThe user is currently active, and their location can be displayed on the map.
Dark GreyThe user is currently inactive but was active within the last 24 hours, and only their tracking history can be displayed.
RedThe user has been inactive for more than 24 hours, and only their tracking history can be displayed.
Light GreyThe user has never been active.

 

Then, to enable real time route GPS tracking paths on your Routes Map, hover over the “Tracking” tab and then “Routes“. Next, select the time frame for which you want to display tracking paths. To enable tracking paths for the currently selected routes, click “Route Date“. This will also display GPS breadcrumbs that correspond to individual GPS location updates sent by the Mobile GPS App or an installed telematics device on a telematics vehicle.

When tracking multiple routes on your Route4Me Routes Map you can enable tracking paths to view the GPS tracking path of multiple routes simultaneously.

 

Additionally, click the Gear Icon next to a user to access additional options. Select “Locate on Map” from the menu to move the map to the location of the selected user. Alternatively, select “Open Last Known Route” to open the last route executed by the respective user in the Route Editor. The “Show Activity Feed” option opens the dynamic Activity Feed, which shows a list of actions done by the respective user. Additionally, learn more about Route4Me’s Dynamic Activity Feed.

When tracking multiple drivers or vehicles on the Routes Map, you can open the list of users and click the Gear Icon to locate users on the map, open each user's last known route or open the Activity Feed for that user.

 

User Clustering On GPS Tracking Map

In addition to tracking, you can enable clustering of users in close proximity. Instead of having many icons on top of each other, you can view all your team members as convenient clusters marked with the number of users in each area.

To enable User Clustering, hover over “Tracking” in the top right of the map and select “Clustering” from the menu. After that, when both User Clustering and real time tracking are enabled, and you zoom out on the Routes Map, all users in close proximity are gathered into user clusters for more convenient visualization and tracking. Users who don’t have other team members in their area are displayed on the map as individual tracking indicators.

In addition to tracking, you can enable clustering of users in close proximity. Instead of having many icons on top of each other, you can view all your team members as convenient clusters marked with the number of users in each area.

 

Tracking Analytics – View GPS Route Tracking Data

Route4Me’s GPS fleet tracking and user GPS tracking are indispensable tools for gathering actionable intelligence. In addition, the route optimization Web Software lets you easily enable, view, and filter route GPS analytics to gain detailed insight into the performance of your field employees and your routing operation.

 

Routes List And Routes Map GPS Data Columns

In detail, you can customize both the Routes List and Routes Map by enabling GPS tracking data columns. This way, you can easily view, compare, and analyze the GPS tracking statistics of different routes and users. To do so, go to “Routes” and then “Routes” from the Navigation Menu to open the Routes List. Then, click the Display Columns Icon to open the panel where you can enable Routes List data columns by checking the boxes next to them. Additionally, use the search field to filter the available column options and find your preferred GPS route tracking data columns.

Customize both the Routes List and Routes Map by enabling GPS tracking data columns. This way, you can easily view, compare, and analyze the GPS tracking statistics of different routes and users.

 

Furthermore, you can enable the same routing fleet GPS tracking data columns on your interactive multiple Routes Map. To do so, open the preferred routes on the Routes Map and check the boxes next to them to enable these routes on the map. Then, click “View” from the top menu bar and hover over “Customize Columns“. Next, click an unchecked column option to enable it, or click a checked column option to disable it. The corresponding columns are displayed in the Routes Map List on the left, with each route’s associated data shown in the respective columns.

You can customize both the Routes List and Routes Map by enabling GPS tracking data columns. This way, you can easily view, compare, and analyze the GPS tracking statistics of different routes and users.

 

In addition, the Routes Map enables you to display aggregate GPS vehicle tracking data combined for all currently selected routes in the Summary Table. To do so, click the Gear Icon in the Summary Table and enable the preferred aggregate columns from the available categories. In detail, you can track route analytics for all currently selected routes, vehicle utilization, distance, time, cost and profit rates, operational efficiency, and more. Additionally, learn more about your Route4Me Routes Map.

The Routes Map enables you to display aggregate GPS vehicle tracking data combined for all currently selected routes in the Summary Table.

 

Route GPS Tracking Analytics Dashboard

In addition to viewing real time GPS tracking data for multiple routes on the Routes Map, you can use your Route4Me routing Dashboard to view GPS route tracking analytics for your business on a centralized control panel. To open the GPS analytics Dashboard, go to “Analytics” and then “Dashboard” from the Navigation Menu. Then, use the “Select Date Range” field to filter which route data will be included in your customized GPS analytics report. Specifically, routes scheduled for a specific date range, with specific assigned users, and group data by route or destination type.

Use your Route4Me GPS routing Dashboard to view route tracking GPS analytics for your business on a centralized control panel. First, filter routes by date range and user.

 

Next, click the Three-Dot Icon in the “Total” and “Graphs” sections to customize the displayed and aggregated GPS tracking dashboard data. Additionally, learn more about using your Route4Me Dashboard.

Your Route4Me tracking GPS dashboard allows you to view the combined distance and duration of your tracked GPS routes.

 

Export GPS Route And Tracking Data As CSV Spreadsheet

Furthermore, you can export a spreadsheet file with GPS tracking history and data from the Web Platform. After you open a route in the Route Editor, click “File” from the top menu bar and hover over hover over “Export Route“. Then, click “Export CSV“.

Route4Me enables you to export GPS route tracking data from the Route Editor as a customizable CSV spreadsheet where you can enable the preferred GPS analytics.

 

This will open the “Export Route Data” window that allows you to customize items to include in the exported tracking data. Specifically, you can use the “Field Search” bar to find the preferred tracking data items. Then, check the boxes next to the items to include in the exported file. The added items are displayed in the right section of the window, where you can change their order, which will change the order of the columns in the exported CSV file.

Customize your GPS fleet tracking CSV spreadsheet with the preferred tracking analytics items.

 

In addition, you can export tracking data for multiple routes simultaneously from the Routes Map. To do so, open the preferred routes on the Routes Map and check the boxes next to them. Then, click “File” from the top menu bar and hover over “Download as” from the menu. Like the Route Editor, you can export a custom GPS tracking history file by selecting “Export CSV“.

Alternatively, you can export a minimal tracking history file by selecting “Export Tracking History as CSV” from the menu. The exported tracking history file contains timestamp, coordinate, and speed data of the user or vehicle on the route at every interval when location and tracking data was synchronized with your Route4Me account.

Route4Me enables you to export GPS route tracking data for multiple routes from the Routes Map as a customizable CSV spreadsheet where you can enable the preferred GPS analytics or a GPS tracking history CSV.

 

Troubleshoot GPS Route Tracking Issues

Here, you can find instructions on how to troubleshoot GPS fleet tracking issues. Conditions on the road can often introduce irregularities or unexpected tracking behavior. Make sure all your preferred settings are enabled, and learn how to resolve GPS route tracking issues.

If “Tracking Path” option in the tracking settings of the Route Editor or Routes Map is grayed out and can’t be enabled, check the items described below depending on whether you’re using the Route4Me Mobile Apps or Telematics Integration for tracking your drivers, vehicles, and assets on routes.

  1. To see tracking indicators and GPS breadcrumbs on the map, make sure the “Breadcrumbs” option is enabled alongside the “Tracking Path” option.
  2. For complete and accurate GPS tracking data to be synchronized with the main Route4Me account, ensure drivers are actually using the mobile app to navigate routes and not closing the app. Additionally, navigation services must be enabled on the device and set to always allow location data.
  3. Make sure the first GPS signal is received within the route’s Planned Start Time and Planned End Time. While minor discrepancies are possible due to Vehicle Position Refresh Rate, real time GPS tracking is active only during the time between the route’s planned start and end.

Ensure that your preferred tracking source (Mobile Apps or Telematics) is selected from the tracking menu. Additionally, a combination of GPS vehicle tracking refresh rate and road traffic conditions can lead to irregular or unexpected tracking update behavior. For example, if the GPS-tracked driver, vehicle, or asset on the route is stuck in a traffic jam, several breadcrumbs could appear in the same location or closer together than expected.

 

 

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