How To Plan The Shortest Route With Multiple Stops On An iPhone


Are you looking for an iPhone app to help you optimise your navigation using Google Maps? Here is a cool app that will help you plan your travel.

Apple iPhone users dominate the field of smartphone users. If you're an iPhone user and a professional driver, your iPhone is your main tool of communication and navigation. Although there are easily accessible navigation apps on your iPhone such as Apple Maps or Google Maps, they're not necessarily the best to use for when you have hundreds of addresses to get to.

Google and Apple Maps are user friendly, but they're only equipped for casual trips such as running a few errands or a leisurely road trip. When it comes to organizing a multi-page manifest, those apps fall short. Not only do they have a maximum amount of addresses you can input, but they offer no real optimization features such as live traffic congestion or road condition updates.

If you're a freelance courier with apps like Postmates, a small independent business offering local delivery, or a branch of a large corporate delivery service with a full fleet of trucks, these limitations will cause a significant drain on your time and resources. It's in your best interest to use a proper route optimization app that can streamline your day.

How to Optimize Your Multiple Destinations Route Using Google Maps


With Google Maps, you can enter up to 10 destinations maximum. That's it. For instance, maybe you want your route to conclude back at your beginning location. This means you have to use your beginning point as your last destination, which then leaves nine stops for your delivery route.

If you have more than just ten stops to make, then you must manually input those stops and then at your tenth stop, you need to clear the route and manually add the next ten stops. You have to stop and manually add those stops until your delivery route is completely done.

If you want to try manually inputting addresses, click on the directions button and add your first stop. Furthermore, Google Maps automatically defaults to using your current location as the starting point, so right off the bat, you have to do extra work to input your first destination.

After that, click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and select 'Add Stop'. How you order the stops is how the route gets mapped. There's no feature to automatically come up with a route that is more efficient or quick. If you are familiar with the community you're driving with, this may not be a problem. But if you're new to the job or are delivering to a new neighborhood, you will burn time trying to study a map of an unfamiliar area.

How to Optimize Your Multiple Destinations Route Using Straightaway


iPhone navigation App

Straightaway lets you take a picture of each page of the assigned manifests, which can commonly be over 10 pages with an average of about 150 stops. Using the iPhone's camera and the optical character recognition software, or the OCR, the pictures of the lists of addresses are geocoded, and then organized into the most efficient route.

The AI optimization takes into account different data, including things like traffic and road conditions and construction, which gets updated throughout the day. Immediate feedback from the APIs recognizes when a faulty address is captured by the camera. If one of the addresses on the manifest has a typo, then the algorithms will flag the outlier and the driver can quickly manually override it with the correct address.

Ifa driver's route is in New York City but somehow includes a random stop in Phoenix, the app will surface all potential errors to the driver. The driver can then swipe to edit, and then manually update the route with the correct information. Whenever an optimization opportunity is seen, it gets shown to the user.

The Straightaway app is user-friendly as well. New drivers can pick up the hang of the app quickly. Drivers can adjust the app to their own preferences such as toggling options on and off, avoiding toll roads and highways, and optimizing for traffic such as avoiding busy intersections. There are even advanced features such as adjusting the time at delivery stops, so more accurate ETAs are delivered.

Straightaway is a to-do list, not just a route optimization app. Drivers can have 50, 100, 150, or even more things to do and everyone gets a lot of satisfaction with being able to check those things off. The app won't check these off automatically for the drivers. When the driver checks off that they've successfully completed a delivery, the map understands where that happened, and will be able to prompt drivers for more accurate addresses and delivery locations in the future.


Article by Tony John
Tony John is a professional blogger from India, who started his first Weblog in 1998 at Tripod.com. Tony switched to blogging as a passion blended business in the year 2000 and currently operates several popular web properties including IndiaStudyChannel.com, Techulator.com, dotnetspider.com and many more.

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