Location, Routing & Mapping Release Notes

Release Date: Jan. 8, 2020

  • NEW Updated to 2019 Q4 data in Europe.

  • IMPROVED ETA calculations were improved when no traffic information is being used for routes in Europe.

  • FIXED Fixed an issue that could cause a geocoding error if a route number is included in addition to the local street name.

  • FIXED Toll costs were added for the Liefkenshoektunnel between Antwerp and Beveren in Belgium.

Release Date: Nov. 20, 2019

  • IMPROVED The following language enhancements were made to our Geocoding APIs:

    • Translations for country and county are now returned when the lang parameter is set. Previously, only city names were translated.

    • If the lang parameter is not set, the city and street name will be returned in the local language based on the geocoded location.

Release Date: Oct. 10, 2019

The following enhancements were made to our Single Search service:

  • NEW Updated to 2019 Q3 data in Europe and 2019 Q2 data Worldwide.

  • NEW Added a new boolean parameter called separateHN that returns a house number as a separate field from the rest of the street address.

  • IMPROVED Enhanced the ability to search for a lat/lon plus an address. You must now pass the keyword latlon when a search includes a lat/lon and an address. The new format is: latlon:“40.361007, -74.599268”, 1 Independence Way

  • IMPROVED Multiple geocoding improvements, including enhanced searches for:

    • Street names with special characters in Polish

    • Street names that include “Rue de la” (French street type)

    • Street names with “Old” or “Olde”

    • City and state at the beginning of a search string

Release Date: Sept. 9, 2019

  • NEW A new endpoint in our Places API generates a URL that opens a map in the Content Tools user interface where you can view and edit a custom Place.

Release Date: Sept. 5, 2019

The following enhancements were made to our Single Search service:

  • NEW Updated to 2019 Q3 data in North America.

  • NEW Added support for the “@” symbol when entering an intersection in single search. (For example, “Main Street @ First Avenue”.)

  • IMPROVED Multiple geocoding improvements, including:

    • General improvements in speed and quality of matches for searches.

    • Improved handling of “fielded” locations. (Locations entered by separate fields such as address, city, state, etc.)

    • Improved handling of house numbers that have a leading zero.

    • Better results when values are repeated in a search. (For example, a search for “1 Independence Way Princeton Princeton NJ.)

Release Date: Sept. 4, 2019

  • NEW A new premium add-on for our Route Reports API allows you to generate detailed toll costs for commercial vehicle routes in Europe. The new Toll Detail report provides toll information for each segment of the route as well as an overall summary of tolls, by country—helping you understand exact toll costs as part of your route planning. This new feature provides:

    • Regularly updated toll information for toll structures, administrative area tolls, toll collection systems, and distance-based tolls.

    • Built-in currency conversion rates, updated daily, so you can calculate costs in your currency of choice.

    • Coverage for the majority of Western Europe.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about this feature.

Release Date: June 24, 2019

Our annual version release incorporates the latest map data as well as routing, location and mapping API enhancements that have been made throughout the year. Highlights for version 33 of PC*MILER Web Services, include:

  • IMPROVED ETA calculations using additional data. ETA calculations have been improved by taking into account factors such as truck speed limits by jurisdiction, red lights and other delays at intersections, and average speeds on lower class local roads.

  • IMPROVED Routing for deliveries on local roads. The routing algorithm has been improved to generate better routes for deliveries on roads specified as “No Thru Traffic” or “Delivery Only,” which are usually classed as local roads.

  • IMPROVED Turn logic for smaller vehicles. Routing now better reflects the reality that light duty vehicles (i.e. commercial truck classes 1, 2, and 3) are more capable than heavy-duty trucks, and sometimes medium-duty trucks, of negotiating sharp turns. It is now more likely for routes to be generated for smaller-sized vehicles via turns it might have avoided in past versions—resulting in more practical routes.

  • NEW Commercial vehicle specific data, including:

    • Improving street-level maps, including weight limits, vertical clearances and truck through-travel restrictions.
    • Adding newly constructed roads and exit interchanges.
    • Improving city and ZIP/Postal Code placement and alignment.
    • Improving geocoding to better match an address to its actual “ground truth” latitude/longitude point.
    • Improving geocoding to better match road name abbreviations (for example, “BVD” or “BLVD” with “Boulevard”), better handle spacing in addresses, and improve house number and postal code matching.
    • Enhancing reverse geocoding to return the city name in the language provided.
    • Implementing customer-recommended map improvements submitted via MapSure, our easy-to-use, online map reporting tool—directly into map data.
    • Improving matches when user enters an incorrect string.

  • IMPROVED The Sites feature, which defines a boundary around a Place so you can route vehicles to entrances and exits, generate more accurate directions, and provide better time and distance estimates, has been enhanced.

    • If you enter a stop as an address, and that address falls within a defined Site, the Site information will be used in routing and the Site will be shown on the map.
    • Routing into and out of Site gates has been improved to account for the Gate Path. Gate Path is a setting in Content Tools—the web tool where you can create Sites to be shared with your licensed Trimble MAPS products—that specifies which roads you want drivers to take to approach or to depart a Site.
    • Additional pre-defined Sites have been added to Content Tools for a total of about 9,400 distribution centers, intermodal terminals, manufacturing plants, and truck stops.

Other improvements in this release:

  • NEW Europe Emissions is a new feature to calculate “Tank-To-Wheel” (TTW) greenhouse gas (GHG) emission estimates. It addresses direct emissions when running a vehicle on a specific route, and provides this information in the State or Mileage reports.
  • IMPROVED In mileage look-ups, if no ZIP code is provided with a city name, the city center will be used.
  • IMPROVED Fastest routing in Europe, using additional road speed data.
  • IMPROVED Four new parameters have been added to the response from our Time Window Routing API: UniqueClusterID, TimeWindow, BlockTimeWindow, and WaitTime. These are existing, optional parameters in the POST request body. If they are not used in the request, they can be ignored in the response.

Release Date: May 28, 2019

The following enhancements were made to our Single Search service:

  • IMPROVED City and street matches when a user enters an incorrect string
  • IMPROVED Matching of “CR” with “County Route”
  • IMPROVED Speed of geocoding at intersections in certain areas
  • IMPROVED Postal code matching in Sweden
  • IMPROVED Relevance of POI searches to the current location
  • FIXED “Virgin Islands, U.S.” and “Virgin Islands, British” now taken into consideration in searches
  • NEW Updated data to EU 19Q1-A, and NA 19Q1.2

Release Date: May 6, 2019

  • NEW Upgraded to North America 19Q1.2 map data
  • FIXED The WeatherAlerts report to only account for alerts along the route.
  • FIXED Geocoding failures on a few numbered streets in Calgary, AB, and Edmonton, AB, in Canada.
Last updated January 9, 2020.