Truckstops Update 20.10 is now available

Truckstops, one of the world’s most widely-used routing and scheduling optimisation solutions for vehicles and people, is now conspicuously faster, easier to use and easier to integrate with related software and hardware.

Truckstops, which is developed, marketed and supported by Mapmechanics, offers multi-drop, multi-route planning at an affordable price, and is equally effective in dynamic day-to-day scheduling and longer-term fixed-route scheduling.

The new version 20.10, which launched in October 2015, performs its optimisation more quickly than ever before, bringing savings in time and cost. Users taking advantage of the shorter optimisation time can produce highly efficient schedules much more quickly. Alternatively, they can allow the optimisation process run for the same length of time as previously, creating an even more highly-optimised solution.

Users performing fixed-route scheduling can now add extra customers much more easily. Truckstops uses a matrix file to keep a record of distances between regular call points, and this file can now be “topped up” to take account of new customer locations without having to be rebuilt from scratch. Again, the result is a saving in time and money.

The map display showing optimised Truckstops routes is now much faster, and responds more quickly when drag-and-drop is used to switch calls to different points on the route or to other routes. This improvement is particularly helpful when users are dealing with “not loads” (calls that cannot be scheduled within the parameters set up in the system), speeding up the process of manually fine-tuning the solution.

New layers in the underlying HERE mapping have also contributed to making Truckstops easier to use. The routes proposed by Truckstops now stand out more clearly on screen, making it easier for users to see them and make any necessary adjustments. When a filtered subset of routes is listed on screen, the map display updates automatically to display just those routes.

It is now quicker and easier to determine which vehicle a stop was allocated to, and find that stop’s position in the route.

Other improvements have also enhanced Truckstops’ usability. Choosing and maintaining all the required setup options is now easier – invaluable when the system is being used for strategic analysis. Users can now be even more confident that the outcome will reflect their intentions correctly.

Violation reporting is improved. If a truck is not able to accommodate a given load or handle a specific job, users can see more clearly why this is. As a result, they can take steps to remedy the issue more quickly.

Truckstops is now also more flexible when it comes to adding new data such as a last-minute call requirement while the solution is still open – again saving the time needed for re-optimisation.

Integration with external systems is more refined than ever before. Among the latest improvements, optimised routes can now be emailed directly to drivers’ phones. A driver can then simply tap on the link to any given customer and use Google satellite navigation to find directions to the location – ideal when the driver is unfamiliar with the address, or when it is a one-off requirement with no prior history.

TranSend has now been added to the growing list of vehicle tracking and telematics specialists explicitly supported by Truckstops. A button within Truckstops can output scheduling information to TranSend automatically. This integration capability helps future-proof the solution for users who might decide to adopt such systems later.

Among more than a hundred other enhancements, Truckstops 20.10 includes updated UK postcode data, improving the accuracy of geocoding (finding geographic co-ordinates from addresses). It also features the latest mapping, ensuring that journey time estimates are as reliable as possible.