ViewRanger launches Automated Route Planning for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Published by Augmentra

ViewRanger, the gps app and website that lets outdoor enthusiasts plan, navigate, and share their outdoor adventures, has added automatic route generation to its trail planning tools, that analyse the terrain and available rights of way, to intelligently offer the best path based on mode of transport – on-road and off-road.

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.

About ViewRanger GPS ViewRanger, the award winning mobile app, which delivers Mapping, Navigation, GPS-enabled guides & route content, Location Sharing and Performance Stats to anyone, worldwide, who wants to get more from their time in the Great Outdoors.

The App runs on a massive range of smartphones and devices that use the Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Symbian OS, or BlackBerry Playbook 2.0, and works anywhere in the world using Open source web based mapping, which can be easily cached for off-line use. Additionally, it can upgraded to run premium topographic map data like Ordnance Survey maps in UK, Ireland and for a growing number of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, parts of Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland & USA. A testament to the App’s accuracy and reliability is the fact that it is today used by many Search & Rescue teams across UK and Ireland.

The ViewRanger App is complemented by a free web service for route planning, account control and community sharing at www.my.viewranger.com. The App is also a powerful GPS-enabled content publishing platform that allows Guidebook & Route owners, like The AA, Walkingworld and Cordee to deliver their content directly to a user’s smartphone.

ViewRanger is developed and marketed by Augmentra Ltd a Cambridge UK based Angel funded software development company.

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