A Vehicle Routing Profile is a collection of vehicle dimensions and other routing options that ensure the routing algorithm knows the type of vehicle being driven so it can generate a safe, efficient, and legal route. You can use the default profiles included with PC*MILER or create a custom profile.
A profile should be selected before adding stops to create a route in PC*MILER Web.
In this article:
- Select a Vehicle Routing Profile
- Routing profile settings
Select a Vehicle Routing Profile
A routing profile is selected in a drop-down in the route card at the time you add stops to build a route. There are two types of profiles:
- Custom Profiles you create specifically for your vehicles.
- Preset Trimble Maps profiles based on the most common types of commercial vehicles on the road today.
Preset Trimble Maps profiles
The preset profiles available in North America and Europe are detailed in the charts below. They can be used as is or as a starting point for creating a custom profile.
(Click on charts to enlarge)
Custom profiles are created in the Routing Profiles screen. Select Routing Profiles in the left-side menu.
Step 1: Name your profile
- Select the Create Vehicle Routing Profile button at the top right of the screen.
- The New Vehicle Routing Profile dialog loads. Enter a name in the Vehicle Routing Profile Name field. Note that this profile name will be visible under Custom Profiles in the route card. We recommend using a unique name to make it easier to select the correct profile.
- Click the Save & Continue button. The Select Vehicle Type and Settings screen loads.
Step 2: Select a vehicle type and dimensions
- Expand the Route Profile Template dropdown menu to select the general type of vehicle. This is the starting point for your new profile, and your selection automatically populates the Vehicle Type field.
- Under Profile Settings, expand the Vehicle Dimensions drop-down menu and edit the values as needed. See the table below for a description of each setting.
Step 3: Select Routing Preferences and Restrictions
- Expand the Routing Preferences drop-down menu.
- Set the options appropriately for the routing profile. Options include routing type, ability to use toll roads and ferries, allowing border crossings, and more. See the table below for a description of each setting.
- Select Restrictions to expand the restrictions drop-down menu.
- Use the dropdown menus to choose the appropriate Hazmat designations, if any, and to enable or disable the Display Restrictions on Map setting. See the table below for a description of each setting.
- Click the Save & Continue button.
Select a default profile
You can set either a default Trimble Maps profile or a Custom Profile as the default profile to be applied in the route card for every newly created route. To do this:
- Select the Routing Profiles tab. On the Routing Profile screen, select either Default Profiles or My Custom Profiles to display a list of available profiles.
- In the Use for New Routes column, check the box next to the profile you want to set as your default profile each time you open an new route card.
- The default profile will appear in the profile field each time you open a new route.
Routing profile settings
After selecting your vehicle in the Select Vehicle Profile drop-down, you can customize the preset Profile Settings. Choose the options grouped under Vehicle Dimensions, Routing Preferences and Restrictions.
|Maximum Width||Maximum Width of combined vehicle including trailer|
The industry standard limit for width is 102". Anything over 96" will force routing on the National Network + State Extensions to be legal in the U.S. The groupings should be 102" or 96", lower widths will not impact routing.
|Total Weight||Weight of combined vehicle including trailer|
Input the truck/tractor's GVWR (gross vehicle weight registration) as authorities are concerned about GVWR and not the actual loaded weight.
|Maximum Height||Maximum Height of combined vehicle including trailer|
The industry standard limit for height is 13'6". To simplify the creation of profiles, please note that every 6" is significant. For example, all trailers at 12'1", 12'3", 12'6" should be assigned a profile with 12'6".
|Total Length||Length of straight Truck/Van or a combined vehicle’s trailer|
|Total Weight Per Axle ||Maximum weight per group of axles. (e.g. 34,000 lbs. for tandem axles)|
|State + National Network||(U.S. Only) Check to set whether routes should favor using the U.S. Federally designated National Network|
Note: By default this checkbox will be selected automatically based on vehicle dimensions.
|Routing Type||Set the routing algorithm - Practical, Shortest, or Fastest.|
Note: Practical will generate a route with an effort to reduce the number of stops, turns and avoid traffic. Shortest will generate a route with the shortest distance but may take longer due to more stops, turns, and traffic. Fastest uses day of the week or time of day information in conjunction with real-time or historical traffic data to calculate the quickest route to the trip’s destination. Actual mileage may be longer than a Practical route. (Fastest routing should only be used with Auto routing profiles.)
|Toll Roads||Set toll preference - Use, Avoid If Possible and Avoid Always.|
|Ferries||Allow or Discourage using Ferries along the route.|
|Apply Governor Speed to ETAs||Check the box to use a maximum road speed in route travel time calculations, and then enter a custom value or use the 55 mph default.|
|Allow Intl. Border Crossing||Uncheck to minimize the number of international border crossings, unless they are necessary to reach all of the stops on a route. For example, if all your stops are in the “lower 48” United States, the resulting route will stay in the United States even if the most practical or shortest route would normally involve some Canadian mileage. If you leave the box checked, the routing algorithm will ignore international boundaries in generating the best route.|
|Discourage Elevation Routing Above||Check the box and then enter an elevation in feet to set a customized limit on the elevation of the roads a route will use. Elevations at or above this height will be avoided on a route unless 1) it is extremely impractical to do so; or 2) a stop or destination on the route is located at the higher elevation.|
|Side of Street Adherence||How strict to be in order to avoid the destination being on the opposite side of the street.|
|Use Sites||Check this box to include Site information, such as entry and exit gates, when calculating distances, travel times, and driving directions. A Site extends a location from just a name and address to include a boundary polygon around its perimeter, entry and exit points (gates), and other valuable information. For example, a Site could be a warehouse, a shopping mall, a distribution center, a yard, a business park, and more. Sites are created in Content Tools and shared with PC*MILER for use in route planning. Use Sites is turned on by default when creating a new profile. It must be added to an existing profile.|
|Highway Only||The Highway Only option calculates routes using an air distance from the midpoint of the truck-usable highway segment that is nearest to the destination postal code or city/state. Routes to stops that include a street-level address are calculated to the truck-usable highway-level road that is closest to the entered address. This setting is intended only for generating distances between cities or postal codes. Highway Only is turned off by default.|
|Hub Routing||Hub Routing generates routes from a single starting place (origin) to multiple destinations. Hub Routing is turned off by default.|
|Hazmat||Avoid roads with the selected Hazmat restrictions.|
|Display Restrictions on Map||Display road restrictions on the PC*MILER Web map.|
|Prohibited Tunnel Categories||(Europe only) Select tunnel codes to determine which tunnels can be driven through based on the types of hazardous goods the vehicle carries.|
|Congestion Zones||(Europe only) Sets whether the routing algorithm should allow, avoid or warn about routes that pass through Congestion charge zones.|
|Environmental Zones||(Europe only) Sets whether the routing algorithm should allow, avoid or warn about routes that pass through Environmental zones.|