Route optimization software from Routific uses an algorithm that helps delivery trucks calculate more efficient routes.

Benefits

  • Saves time
  • Increased efficiency & productivity
  • Decreased costs

Applications

  • Route planning

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

The Challenge

Poorly planned delivery routes decrease efficiency and productivity and also increase fuel consumption, leading to increased carbon emissions.

Innovation Details

Routific optimizes route planning for vehicle delivery fleets. It is based on the “Bees Algorithm”, a search algorithm that mimics the food-foraging behavior of honey bees to find the most efficient route between several different stops.

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Example of route optimization.

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Biomimicry Story

A colony of honey bees must forage over long distances in multiple directions to harvest nectar and pollen from different flower patches. Scout bees must evaluate the quality of the food sources and then relay this information back to the rest of the hive. They do this by doing a ‘waggle dance’ , where a bee shakes or vibrates and walks in a circle or ‘figure 8’ pattern that tells the other bees where the new site is. The faster a bee vibrates, the more promising it thinks the site is. Based upon the relative vigor of each bee’s dance, other scouts will asses the site. If they also think it’s promising, they will also do a waggle dance. This democratic process allows bees to quickly and easily find the best sites to forage for food.