In ElasticRoute, at least one vehicle has to be added into your account before you can start planning. The stops will be assigned to the Vehicle/s automatically during planning.

In this tutorial, you will find the steps to add vehicle/s for route planning.

There are 2 methods to add vehicle/s into your account:

How To Add Vehicle Manually

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Vehicles > Add Vehicle

Step 2: Fill in the fields.

Step 3: Click Save when done.

Screenshot After Adding The Vehicle

Importing Through CSV

Alternatively, you may choose to import your list of vehicles in CSV to create your vehicles.

Click to download CSV template for creating vehicles.

Step 1: Prepare a CSV list of your vehicles.

List Of Vehicles
Name Types Zones Groups Priority Weight Volume Seating Buffer Depot Available From To Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Return to Depot
Andy 10 800 1700 0 0 0 0
Betty 10 1000 2000 0 0 0 0
    Notes:

  • Enter a 0 for fields that you wish to disable.
  • To enter multiple entries for Types, Zones and Groups, use | to separate the various entries.
    For example, Type1|Type2|Type3; Zone1|Zone2|Zone3; and Group1|Group2|Group3.
  • The From and To are using a 24-hr time settings. For example, enter 1500 for 3 pm; and 2000 for 8 pm.
  • Refer to the table below for explanation of the field names.

Step 2: Navigate to Settings > Vehicles.

Step 3: Click on the Import button > Import From CSV.

Screenshot After Importing the CSV File

Table For Vehicle Field Names
Field Name Description Explanation
General
Name Name of your driver/vehicle. Unique name to identify your driver.
Vehicle Types To be used with the Vehicle Type specified for your stop. For use with special deliveries.
Only the stops with the selected Vehicle Types will be assigned to the vehicle.
For more information, refer to How To Assign Stops With Special Requirements To Specific Vehicle Type
Groups To be used with the Group specified for your stop. For to separate your runs.
Only the stops with the selected run will be assigned to the vehicle.
For more information, refer to How To Use Group For Separating Your Runs.
Zones For geofencing of your stops. The Zone option will only appear if it has been set up under Settings > Zones.
For more information, refer to How To Set Up Zone For Geofencing Of Stops
Depot To be used with Settings > Depot. Starting location of the vehicle.
If not defined, it will take the depot marked as Default.
For more information, refer to How To Add Depot
End Depot To be used with the Depot field. End location of the vehicle.
If not defined, the end depot will be the Depot field.
Buffer Buffer time (%) for the vehicle. For adjusting the traveling time between the stops to account for the speed of the vehicle.
The higher the number, the longer the time taken for the travel.
Capacity
Weight Weight limit of your vehicle. You may enter the weight limit value of your vehicle here.
To be used with the weight load of your stop to prevent overloading the vehicle.
This weight field is taking an arbitrary unit of measurement. Float.
For example, you may choose to define it in kg, pounds, or tonnes.
For more information, refer to How To Set Vehicle Capacity
Volume Volume limit of your vehicle. You may enter the volume value of your vehicle here.
To be used with the volume load of your stop to prevent overloading the vehicle.
This volume field is taking an arbitrary unit of measurement. Float.
For example, you may choose to define it in liters, cubic meters, or gallons.
For more information, refer to How To Set Vehicle Capacity
Seating Seating limit of your vehicle. You may enter the number of passengers, boxes or cartons that this vehicle can carry.
This seating field is taking an arbitrary unit of measurement. Float.
To be used with the seating capacity of your stop.
For more information, refer to How To Set Vehicle Capacity
Availability
Available for routing Check to enable. Enabling this will allow the stops to be assigned to this vehicle.
Weekdays Check to enable. Check the days that the driver will be working.
The stops will only be assigned to the vehicle if the day is checked.
Availability From Starting time of the vehicle. For use with the working hours of the driver, e.g. the driver starts work at 8 am.
Availability Till Ending time of the vehicle. For use with the working hours of the driver, e.g. the driver ends work at 5 pm.
Priority The stops will be assigned to vehicles to a higher priority first. This feature can be used to prioritize certain vehicles over others.
Return to depot Check to enable. The system will take the traveling time to return to the depot into consideration when assigning stops to the driver.
If the traveling time to return to depot is out of the vehicle’s working time, the stop will not be assigned to the vehicle.
Used to trigger between Open-Path and Closed-Path routing.
Refer to How To Select Between Open Or Closed Path Routing For Your Vehicle.