Single Driver Route Optimization without Constraints
To plan efficient routes, you have to solve the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) and the Vehicle Route Problem (VRP) – two complicated math problems that require the computation of multiple factors and parameters. You need to figure out the most efficient and optimal sequence of stops that will allow you to save time, minimize fuel expenses, and stay on schedule. Route4Me’s powerful routing engine evaluates billions of scenarios in order to show you the most efficient way to plan your routes. The Single Driver Multi-Point Route optimization is designed specifically for planning and optimizing multi stop routes for one driver. To get the Single Driver Route Optimization, visit Route4Me’s Marketplace.
To plan a route with the Single Driver Multi-Point Route optimization, first, go to Plan New Route from the navigation menu.
Next, select one of the preferred route data import methods (Interactive Map Editor, Copy-and-Paste, Upload a File, Import Data, or Upload Scan(s)).
After that, adjust the following route optimization settings:
- Go to the Optimization tab;
- Select the Single Driver Route optimization type;
- Choose where to end the route after the last stop is visited and serviced:
- End route at any address: The system automatically chooses the most efficient and optimal stop for ending the route;
- End route at Departure address (Roundtrip): The route ends at the same stop/address where it starts;
- End route at last address: The route ends at the stop that matches the last stop in the uploaded route file/spreadsheet.
Next, specify the rest of the route parameters to your preference and then click on the Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses button.
After that, import the route addresses using one of the previously selected methods. When importing a spreadsheet with route data, for it to be successfully processed, the spreadsheet must contain a header row and data rows. The header defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual information/values that you import into the system. Besides the obligatory Address column, you can also include other data columns.
Once you uploaded the spreadsheet, Route4Me processes the imported data and displays it in the corresponding window. For the system to process the data automatically, select the Auto (attempt detection) option respectively. Alternatively, you can manually match column titles to the data contained in the corresponding columns. To proceed, click on the Continue to Review button.
In the Verify Addresses on Map window, you can view all imported and processed addresses on the map, as well as check their geocoding statuses. Green-colored dots indicate that the corresponding addresses were successfully geocoded with High Confidence. Addresses that have yellow colored dots next to them should be reviewed and fixed accordingly.
Once the route for a single driver is optimized and planned, it is opened in the Route Editor where you can modify it, as well as added to the Routes List with all your routes.
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