OpenRouteService with Locations, SAC-scale and more!

Less restrictions; added SAC
In the past you might have noticed that by using dynamic options – for instance avoidables or vehicle characteristics – your routes were restricted to a much smaller distances than without using any kind of profile parameters. The latest version of the API resolves this issue and lets you compute routes up to 6.000 km for both car and heavy vehicle profiles with any arbitrary option added. We also have added a new extra information option for the outdoor profiles (bicycle and pedestrian) which help you learn about the difficulty level of specific segments. To this end, we utilize an official standard which is defined by the so-called SAC-scale. For further information, please read more here.

SAC-scale Difficulty
SAC-scale Difficulty

New Locations API
Furthermore we introduce our new locations API. With this endpoint you are able to query any kind of point of interest (POI) derived from OpenStreetMap along a polyline, extent or polygon. We have added a prototypical feature for this in the updated OpenRouteService web app which comprises a plethora of categories and sub-categories.

Locations API
Locations API

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ORS in Action at Ministry of Justice Niedersachsen
Last but not least we would like to feature one further use case of the OpenRouteService in action. The developers of the JustizNavigator Niedersachsen have successfully implemented our API and are now using it in production. You can find the corresponding web-app here – please be aware that this is the first beta.

JustizNavigator Niedersachsen