Google launches last mile fleet solution and cloud fleet routing API

Google announced the launch of Last Mile Fleet Solution from Google Maps Platform and Cloud Fleet Routing API from Google Cloud—two new solutions intended to help fleet operators improve delivery success and optimize fleet performance.

Cloud Fleet Routing API focuses on the route planning phase of delivery and allows operators to perform fleet-wide optimisation, enabling them to determine the allocation of packages to delivery vans and the sequencing of the delivery tasks. Natively integrated with Google Maps routes data, Cloud Fleet Routing API can solve simple route planning requests in near-real-time, and scale to the most demanding of workloads with parallelized request batching. Across this spectrum, customers can specify a variety of constraints, such as time windows, package weights, and vehicle capacities. Cloud Fleet Routing can help carriers meet sustainability targets by reducing distance traveled, number of delivery vans, and CO2 output from computing, says Google.

Last Mile Fleet Solution focuses on delivery execution and allows fleet operators to optimise across every stage of the last-mile delivery journey, from ecommerce order to doorstep delivery. The builds on the On-demand Rides & Deliveries mobility solution from Google Maps Platform.

When implemented together, Last Mile Fleet Solution and Cloud Fleet Routing API offer features such as:

  • Address capture to help obtain an accurate address and location for each pickup or delivery.
  • Route optimisation to help ensure drivers are provided with routes that optimize around the fleet's constraints—including delivery time windows—and adapt based on real-time traffic.
  • Driver routing & navigation to deliver a seamless driver experience and improve route compliance with in-app navigation powered by Google Maps.
  • Shipment tracking to keep consumers updated with live, day-of shipment tracking, including up-to-date location and arrival times of customer packages.
  • Fleet performance to enable visibility into real-time route progress and shipment insights for operations teams.

Last Mile Fleet Solution is now in Public Preview for companies that directly manage or own their delivery fleet. Cloud Fleet Routing API will be generally available in Q2. Neither product will be offered for free.

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