Traffic Modes

Depending on the use case and when to travel the route calculation will take different data into account. This is selected by the options[trafficMode] and the date and time. By default, when none of these parameters are specified, the Routing API will automatically calculate the most realistic route and travel time for the route starting now.

REALISTIC

Return the most realistic route and travel time for the given exact time (or now if not specified) and the selected vehicle. The typical and the live traffic situation are taken into account. Toll will be calculated according to the prices valid exactly when passing the toll roads.

Use this traffic mode

  • when starting now or within the next minutes or at most very few hours in order to get the best route and travel time for that,
  • when planning to travel in the near future knowing exactly when to start in order to find the best route including deviations due to road works.

As live traffic data changes frequently, the route calculation result may change when executing the same request at a different point in time.

AVERAGE

Return the average route and travel time for the selected vehicle. Neither start nor arrival time are necessary, but when specified, the average traffic situation is taken into account resulting in a route typical for that day of week and time of day. Toll will be calculated according to the prices valid exactly when passing the toll roads according to the time specified, otherwise on an average Monday at noon.

Use this traffic mode with start or arrival time

  • when planning to travel in the future knowing exactly when to start in order to find the probably best route and how long it will take,
  • in order to find out the best route and travel time on some specific day of week and time of day, e.g. when traveling the route regularly at a different time of day, or as a commuter,
  • in order to calculate or verify toll for a route recently driven.

Use this traffic mode without start or arrival time

  • when planning to travel in the future not knowing when to start but to get an idea of how long the route and the travel time are,
  • in order to calculate the average distance and travel time between two cities.

The route calculation result will be the same when executing the same request at a different point in time, but it may change after updating data.