A few days ago Bing published the announcement to launch three new fleet management APIs: Truck routing, isochrones, and Snap-to-Road.

The Bing Maps Truck Routing API calculates routes optimized for trucks and commercial vehicles. The routes include information such as route instructions, travel duration, and travel distance. The API takes into consideration specific requirements for trucks and larger vehicles (e.g., avoiding low bridges, sharp turns, steep gradients, or following restrictions and permits for hazardous material).

The Bing Maps Isochrone API calculates the area that can be travelled to within a specified distance or time and renders a travel time or distance polygon to visualize the shape of that area on a map.

The Snap-to-Road API takes GPS point data, in the form of latitudes and longitudes, and returns a list of objects that form a route snapped to the roads on a map. The information returned on the road segments includes the names of the roads that the GPS points are associated with and their posted speed limits.

More details can be found on the „Bing Maps Launches New Fleet Management APIs“ announcement page.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (http://www.gis-management.de/). His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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