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Truck Attributes and Considerations

The Bing Maps Truck Routing API calculates routes that take into consideration the attributes for trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Truck Attributes

Height, length, width, turning radius

Road Restrictions

Maximum bridge/underpass weight or height

Legal Restrictions

Hazardous materials, waterways, tunnels and more

Traffic Conditions

Speed limit, construction, lane closures

Other Conditions

Strong crosswinds, toll roads, road gradient

Bing Maps API

Why Truck Routing?

It’s a costly and potentially dangerous situation when your truck is stranded at a bridge overpass that is too low. When routing commercial vehicles, there are special requirements that need to be considered. Consumer routing services, made for cars and other consumer vehicles, don’t account for these requirements.

Truck Routing

Optimized Routing for Commercial Vehicles

Bing Maps Truck Routing API is a commercial routing tool that calculates routes optimized for trucks and other commercial vehicles. Designed for professional transportation routing logistics, the API calculates safe and efficient routes that consider a vehicle’s attributes in relation to any route limitations. It also uses predictive traffic to determine the best day and time for deliveries, especially for areas that tend to be more congested. The routes include information such as route instructions, travel duration, and travel distance.

Truck Routing

Parameters and Preferences

You can set the following parameters and preferences:

  • Vehicle’s dimensions and weight
  • Number of axles and/or number of trailers
  • Speed limitations
  • Legal restrictions and permit requirements, such as transporting flammable materials
  • Road conditions (strong crosswind areas, construction, road gradient, etc.)
  • Avoid routes, such as toll roads, highways, ferries and more

Try Truck Routing

Interact with routes calculated for commercial vehicles based and predefined vehicle attributes.

Frequently Asked Questions

To try this service, create a basic account, which will provide up to 125K transactions per calendar year at no charge. Above this usage limit, you will need to purchase a license. To purchase a Transactions license, contact a Sales Specialist. To start developing with this API, use the Truck Routing API documentation.

  • Truck Routing API is available for Internal Website Transactions licensing. It is not available for Known or Light Known users.
  • For Mobile Asset Management, the Truck Routing API is available by purchasing an add-on license (Note: You must have the underlying Asset Management per asset license first).

Enterprise Customers will be able to license via the following options:

  1. Internal Website Transactions (when using in an application that is not related to asset tracking) – If you are not licensed for Internal Transactions, you can purchase these from your sales partner.
    • You will need to create a separate account ID on the Bing Maps Dev Center that will be specific to your internal transaction usage.
    • The Truck Routing API is available for Internal transaction website licensing. It is not available for Public transaction website licensing, or for Known or Light Known users.
      Note: This API will increase the consumption of billable transactions, which may result in the need to purchase additional transactions.
  2. Per Asset (applicable when being used as part of asset tracking solution) – To use the Truck Routing API, you will need an underlying Asset Management per asset license (with or without routing) and will the need to purchase an additional per asset license for the use of this new service. For licensing and pricing questions, please contact a Sales Specialist.

You will need to purchase billable transactions based upon your consumption. For a transaction model, consumption of the API is 1 call = 3 billable transactions. For per asset model pricing, contact a Bing Maps Sales Specialist.

The Truck Routing API supports up to 25 waypoints, with a minimum of 2 waypoints per call. See the Truck Routing API documentation for more information.

To try the Truck Routing API, you will need to create a Basic key. When you are ready to deploy into production, you will need to upgrade to an Enterprise key.

The Truck Routing API is available for Basic and Enterprise accounts (normal Terms of Use limits will apply for Basic accounts), and is available for Internal Website transactions only. It is not available for Known or Light Known users, or for Asset Management per asset licensing.

If you would like to try the API, you can create a Basic key. To deploy into production, you will need to upgrade to an Enterprise key.

Currently, we support coverage in 80 countries, with plans to expand as more information becomes available in other countries regarding its road segment restrictions. Truck Routing support coverage: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City, Vietnam.

The Truck Routing API does not support waypoint reordering. You can use the Bing Maps Distance Matrix API, in a many-to-many waypoint scenario, for enhanced route optimization along with the Truck Routing API. First, use the Distance Matrix API to get an estimate of times for each route and then determine the best time for each route. Once you have the order of each route, use the Truck Routing API to get directions for each route (point A to point B).

To develop and deploy this service, refer to the Truck Routing API documentation. If you have licensing questions, please contact a Bing Maps Sales Specialist. For Enterprise Customer Support, click here. Or check out the Bing Maps Developer Network forum.

You can use the Truck Routing API for navigation. However, to advance to the next instruction, the user would need to initiate the switch to the next step (i.e. push a button), rather than the application automatically advancing to the next instruction based on the GPS position of the device. Similarly, if the user were to go off course, they would need to initiate the action to calculate a new route rather than this being initiated automatically based on a sensor event.

This is a restriction as per the Terms of Use, section 3.2 (e): Present or alert an end user to individual maneuvers of a route in any way that is synchronized with the end-user’s sensor-based position along the route (e.g. turn by turn navigation that tracks end-user’s position using GPS and communicates a maneuver as the end-user approaches the location for such maneuver).

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Snap-to-Road API

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Truck Routing API

Designed for professional transportation routing logistics.