Calculating a reachable range

VERSION 0.12.0

Setting up range options

Range calculation is the generation of a polygon denoting the area reachable by a vehicle given a certain budget. It uses criteria that are very similar to route planning: the RangeCalculationOptions class. You can take advantage of named parameters in Kotlin to set only the properties that you need. The required parameters are the origin point and a budget.

The origin point is passed as an ItineraryPoint which can contain a heading in addition to the current coordinates.

The API allows the request of a range for more than one budget of the same type at a time; however, only a single budget is currently supported. It can be of the following budget types:

  • Distance which results in a range based on the specified travel distance.
  • Time which results in an isochrone based on the specified travel time.
  • Fuel which results in a combustion vehicle range based on the specified fuel volume. To use this option, you must select a vehicle with a combustion engine in the range calculation options.
  • Energy which results in an electric vehicle range based on the specified battery charge. To use this option, you must select a vehicle with an electric engine in the range calculation options.

There are several optional parameters that you can use to shape the range calculation criteria to fit your use cases. For a detailed description of the available parameters, see our Range API documentation.

You can specify a cost model which results in a range that is achievable using routes of that type. In particular, fast routes incur a greater energy consumption, leading to a shorter ranges when compared to short or efficient routes.

1val amsterdam = ItineraryPoint(Place(GeoPoint(52.377956, 4.897070)))
3val vehicle = Vehicle.Car(
4 electricEngine = ElectricEngine(
5 consumption = ElectricVehicleConsumption(
6 speedConsumption = mapOf(
7 Speed.kilometersPerHour(50.0) to ElectricConsumption.kilowattHoursPer100Kilometers(6.5),
8 Speed.kilometersPerHour(100) to ElectricConsumption.kilowattHoursPer100Kilometers(7)
9 )
10 )
11 )
14val rangeCalculationOptions = RangeCalculationOptions(
15 origin = amsterdam,
16 budgets = setOf(Budget.Energy(Energy.kilowattHours(5.0))),
17 vehicle = vehicle

Requesting ranges

Once you have a RangeCalculationOptions object, provide it to the calculateRange method. This can be done either synchronously or asynchronously using a callback. The synchronous call blocks and returns a RangeCalculationResult on success or a RangeCalculationFailure on failure. If an asynchronous range calculation is successful, the onSuccess(RangeCalculationResult) method is called; if a failure occurred, onFailure(RangeCalculationFailure) is called.

1val amsterdam = ItineraryPoint(Place(GeoPoint(52.377956, 4.897070)))
3val rangeCalculationOptions = RangeCalculationOptions(
4 origin = amsterdam,
5 budgets = setOf(Budget.Distance(Distance.meters(1000)))
9 rangeCalculationOptions,
10 object : Callback<RangeCalculationResult, RangeCalculationFailure> {
11 override fun onSuccess(result: RangeCalculationResult) {
13 }
15 override fun onFailure(failure: RangeCalculationFailure) {
17 }
18 }

Setting the cost model and vehicle

Refer to the Route planning guide to learn about the cost model, such as route type and avoids, as well as available vehicle options.

Calculation failures

A RangeCalculationFailure instance is returned if any failure occurred during the range calculation. This object contains a RoutingFailure describing the root cause. For more information, refer to the Route planning failures documentation.

Next steps

Since you have learned how to calculate a range, here are recommendations for the next steps: