Route optimisation specialist Route Monkey has signed a partnership agreement with global GPS navigation expert Sygic.
The partners aim to jointly develop the world’s first fully integrated optimisation and navigation tool for electric vehicles (EVs). The new tool will see Route Monkey schedule a fleet’s EVs – as well as its conventional vehicles – in a way that optimises the fleet as a whole. It then sends the best route for the entire itinerary to each driver, directly into the Sygic Navigation app. Working together, Sygic and Route Monkey can also schedule stops at charge points on route to top-up the batteries, and provide real-time navigation to recharging stations.
Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey, said: “Navigation tools for EV users have been around for a few years now. However, our integrated solution takes this concept to a whole new level. By partnering with Sygic, we can optimise an entire fleet, including EVs, plus provide navigation that is specifically tailored to EVs within that fleet.”
Route Monkey’s EVOS solution already optimises electric vehicles, helping fleets achieve the most possible emissions-free miles. It can use a fleet’s existing data to accurately identify which existing routes and operations would be suitable for EVs. This enables fleets to engage in virtual trials, helping to better inform procurement decisions. Once the vehicles are deployed, EVOS optimises their use; ensuring fleet operators achieve the best possible return on investment.
EVs have finite battery capacity (range) and defined recharge rates, which can challenge their productivity. EVOS uses complex advanced algorithms to calculate the impact of a wide range of factors on an EV’s range capabilities. These include payload, average speed, route topography, ambient temperature and driver style.
The partnership between Sygic and Route Monkey is bringing the power of Route Monkey algorithms and optimisers directly into Sygic Professional Navigation, which is used by more than 1,500 fleets worldwide. Thanks to Route Monkey, the Sygic Professional Navigation app is also able to optimise complex truck routes and itineraries directly from the driver’s device.
Martin Strigac, Director of Sygic Business Solutions, said: “We are more than happy and proud that we can participate in this very interesting innovation together with our partner Route Monkey.
“Based on our research and analysis, mixed fleets consisting of EVs and conventional vehicles will soon play an important role in fleet telematics. In combination with our Sygic Professional Navigation and Sygic FleetWork the planning, driving and operational management of EVs will be much easier, more efficient and transparent. We like innovations with high added value for our valuable customers!”