Location, Routing & Mapping Release Notes

March 16, 2020

  • IMPROVED Reverse geocoding will now return intersecting street names when a lat/lon is at or near an intersection.

March 10, 2020

  • NEW Updated to 2020 Q1 data in North America.

  • NEW The following enhancements were made to our Single Search and Reverse Geocoding services:

    • A new parameter, includeTrimblePlaceIds, allows you set whether search should return the TrimblePlaceId for a location, if one exists. Trimble MAPS maintains an ever-growing Places database that includes tens of thousands of commercial locations across North America that serve the transportation industry. Places provide additional information about a location—ranging from entry and exit gates to site hours—that can be called using our new Places API.

      Every location in the Places database is identified by a unique TrimblePlaceId. That ID ensures you receive the exact same information about a Place—address, contact information, etc.—regardless of whether you are calling the Places API from your transportation management system (TMS) or accounting software.

      In Single Search, TrimblePlaceId is returned as a separate field, while Reverse Geocoding returns it within a field titled PlaceName.

    • Single Search geocoding in Europe has been enhanced using point addressing. Point addressing assigns GPS coordinates to each street address, which can improve routing accuracy—especially in densely populated urban areas.

Feb. 20, 2020

  • IMPROVED Multiple enhancements were made to the Time Window Routing API, including:

    • A new DeliveryType parameter that allows you to identify whether the stop is a delivery or a pickup. The value is used to better cluster together deliveries and pickups—ideally to make deliveries first and complete pickups after all deliveries are made.
    • Better support of stop locations that contain postal codes.
    • Improved break time calculations.
    • General performance improvements, including the use of live traffic closures in route calculations. (Account must be licensed for traffic.)
  • IMPROVED Tunnel categories used for hazardous materials routing are now automatically identified based on the worldwide region.

  • IMPROVED Geocoding of intersections as well as geocoding of addresses with a directional component (North, South, East, West) has been enhanced.

  • IMPROVED The TollDistance field is no longer returned in toll reports for Europe if the toll system is not distance-based.

  • IMPROVED Geocoding was improved in the Netherlands.

  • IMPROVED Traffic map tiles can now show traffic up to a map zoom level of 20.

  • IMPROVED Traffic incidents map tiles now show more real-time incidents and provide better translations in Europe.

  • FIXED Fixed an issue where incorrect Point of Interest (POI) data was being returned in certain cases.

  • FIXED Fixed an issue in the Time Window Routing API that prevented a stop from properly being removed when it has a later start time than end time.

  • FIXED Fixed an issue that could cause the Time Window Routing API to return different results when the same stops are passed in a different order.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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

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 March 18, 2020.