ViewRanger launches Automated Route Planning for Outdoor Enthusiasts

ViewRanger, the gps app and website that lets outdoor enthusiasts plan, navigate, and share their outdoor adventures, has added automatic route generation to the trail planning tools available at its My.ViewRanger.com website. The site uses a range of routing engines to analyse the terrain and available rights of way, to intelligently offer the best path based on mode of transport – on-road and off-road. For walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers, it can dramatically speed up trail planning.

My.ViewRanger.com works in tandem with the ViewRanger mobile app and makes planning and sharing outdoor adventures easy to do on the big screen. The new “route generation” feature takes that one step further, by providing the option to use the assistance of advanced route planning tools to make it even quicker.

The service allows the user to specify how they are making the journey, so that the route can be optimised to use footpaths or cycle ways, if appropriate. By placing waypoints at the start location and end destination, the “route generation” tool will offer an automated route line. The service works worldwide and utilises various route planning engines, selected based on the country and journey type. Going forward, the company plan to add more routing engines to deliver the best, local off-road experience.

The automated route can then be manually amended as required and once saved, a single tap of the finger synchronises website and a user’s mobile device so that the planned route is ready to be followed using the ViewRanger app’s waypoint based navigation capabilities.
Commenting on the launch ViewRanger CEO Craig Wareham said “Automated route planning using our web service came out as the most popular service enhancement requested. Route Generation brings together the best routing suggestions for journeys on foot, by bike, or car into a simple, seamless user interface.”

It’s free to create an account on My.ViewRanger.com and to build routes using the new tool on a range of global open source web maps. Where purchased, the service also offers automated route planning on highly detailed topographic maps for the UK & a number of other countries.

See a short demo video at http://youtu.be/UeUOO3J9tIw

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