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Route Optimisation Using AI & Advanced Algorithms

Efficient Fleet Planning with Route Optimisation Software

Route optimisation is the process of selecting the ideal path for a delivery vehicle to travel.

However, if there are more than four stops on each delivery route and with a fleet of more than ten vehicles, optimising delivery routes manually will be  difficult, time-consuming, and ineffective. 

Solve Your Fleet Routing Challenges

  • Delivery location, distance, and traffic flow 
  • Transportation costs and driver hours 
  • Clean Air Zones, toll roads, and hazardous materials
  • Route restrictions and optimisation factors 

Unlock Efficiency with Optimised Delivery Routes

The time of day, traffic patterns, predicted travelling speeds, the direction of turns, and driver rest will all be taken into account. 

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Route Optimisation Software Benefits

Optimised Deliveries

  • More accurate and reliable delivery times and ETA’s
  • Reduced driver hours
  • Reduced vehicle mileage and lower CO2 emissions 
  • Increased productivity and delivery density

Improved Resource Management

  • Improved utilisation of existing vehicles and drivers
  • Improved customer service and satisfaction
  • Reduced driver stress and fewer accidents
  • Reduced costs

Proven Results from Existing Customers

Route Optimisation Software Features

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Continuous optimisation

Achieve more efficient route plans for your fleet over traditional batch-based optimisation techniques and provide costed delivery options at the point of sale in seconds to influence buyer behaviour.

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Automated route scheduling

High density delivery routes are created, utilising the drivers and vehicles available to deliver more and reduce costs. Delivery routes can be based on the most efficient routes not just fastest routes. Automatically optimise final mile delivery routes to save fuel and money. 

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High quality traffic data

Very accurate route times are possible using road speeds that are based upon the day, the time of day, the route taken and even the direction of travel, giving you confidence in the route schedule and your customers delivery times.

SAAS in the cloud

Cloud based software

Our fleet route scheduling Software is available over the internet wherever you have a connection, providing team access to our solution, working from any location in the world, at any time. 

Route optimsiation always on

Accurate ETA's and delivery times

Improved customer satisfaction with on-time deliveries and a reduced office workload as the number of phone calls enquiring after deliveries diminishes.

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HGV route planning

Generate optimised routes specifically for fixed or articulated HGVs that take into account the height, length and weight of vehicles, allowing for low bridges, width barriers, weight restrictions and vehicle turning circles. 

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Delivery Tracking

Enable customers to track the ETA of their own deliveries and avoid the "where's my delivery?" telephone calls with reliable delivery tracking.

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Digital Proof of Delivery

Eliminate paper, and streamline operations with POD capture and parcel scanning for accurate delivery notifications with our ePOD mobile app.

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Home Delivery

Also known as last or final mile delivery it is often the most difficult mile of the delivery chain, but can provide the largest opportunity for improvement. Discover how to reduce costs and increase delivery capacity while also improving customer satisfaction.

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Last Mile Delivery

Improving customer satisfaction with your deliveries, from delivery slot selection to customer tracking apps and digital proof of delivery with our last mile delivery services.

Telematics Integration

Receive live telematics data directly into your routing software. This can include Tachograph data.


Explore our FAQs section, addressing common questions about this transformative solution in fleet delivery logistics. 

  • What is route optimisation software?

    Route optimisation software is a tool that utilises AI and advanced algorithms to select the most efficient path for delivery vehicles.

    It aims to minimise fuel consumption, reduce travel time, and increase overall operational efficiency. Examples of route optimisation software include Descartes' solutions, which streamline delivery routes for businesses. 

  • What is the best route planning software?

    While Descartes' route optimisation software is recognised for its advanced features and capabilities, determining the best route planning software depends on specific business needs and preferences.

    Factors such as customisation options, integration capabilities, and customer support should be considered when selecting the most suitable solution. 

  • How does route optimisation software work?

    Descartes route optimisation software calculates and compares several delivery routes using complex mathematical algorithms, AI learning, and the most recent map data from several major mapping providers.  

    Descartes’ route optimisation engine has the processing power and capacity to handle millions of calculations per minute, enabling continuous route optimisation of deliveries and outcomes for fleets of ten to thousands of vehicles in a matter of minutes.  

    Even as delivery orders are received, and sometimes even up until a vehicle departs the depot, routes are continually computed, compared and optimised to maximise operational efficiency.  

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    These optimised routes compare numerous possibilities and take into consideration; 

    • Time of day 
    • Traffic flow 
    • Season of the year 
    • Length of time required for each stop 
    • Allocation of deliveries based upon the type of vehicle or person's skill 
    • Type of vehicle and any restrictions such as emission zones or low bridges  

    Descartes’ fleet routing engine can also choose a route based on a vehicle's height, length, weight, and width in order to avoid low or weak bridges and width constraints, resulting in different paths for a van compared to a large lorry.  

    In order to ensure that the vehicle's satellite navigation system has the proper dimensions for the vehicle and routes that avoid restricted routes, this information is then transmitted through to the execution of the route.  

  • Is there a better route optimisation planner than Google Maps?

    While Google Maps is widely used for navigation and route planning, specialised route optimisation software like Descartes offers features tailored specifically for businesses with fleets.

    While Google Maps may suffice for personal use, businesses may benefit from the advanced functionality, customisation, and integration capabilities provided by dedicated route optimisation solutions. 

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