Vehicle Routing Profiles are used by CoPilot to plan a route that is physically and legally permissible for a particular type of vehicle.  CoPilot FleetPortal provides fleet managers with a platform to remotely create and assign routing profiles to a single or group of vehicles or drivers. 



To create a vehicle routing profiles, click on Vehicle Routing Profiles in the top menu ribbon.


Step 1: Create a New Profile

Click on    to create a new Vehicle Routing Profile.


Profile Name: Choose a name for the Vehicle Routing Profile.


NOTE: The Vehicle profile name can also be viewed by the driver in the CoPilot application. It is recommended that the profiles are assigned unique names so that drivers can easily select if they have multiple routing profiles on their device. For example, the vehicle profile name could be indicative of the vehicle dimensions or restrictions applicable when they choose that profile i.e. 53ft 102in, 13ft 6in or 45ft tanker, 12ft Haz - Caustic or 53ft non-haz, etc.



Vehicle Type: Choose the appropriate vehicle type from the drop down list.



Default: Check the box if this profile shall be applied by default to every vehicle group added.



Step 2: Set the Vehicle Routing Profile Options

Choose the Vehicle Routing Profile options grouped under General, Restrictions and Vehicle Dimensions.


General Options 

Routing Type

Set CoPilot routing algorithm - Practical or Shortest

Note: Practical will generate a route on CoPilot with an effort to reduce the number of stops, turns and avoid traffic. Shortest will generate a route on CoPilot with the shortest distance but may take longer due to more stops, turns, and traffic.
Governor Speed LimitSelect Enabled to use a maximum road speed in route calculations, then enter a custom value or use the 55 mph default.
Toll Roads

Set toll preference - Use, Avoid If Possible and Avoid Always
Road Network

Set Road Network favors  - State, National Highways or no preference

Note: By default this checkbox will be selected automatically based on vehicle dimensions.
ElevationSelect Discourage Above and then enter an elevation in feet to set a customized limit on the elevation of the roads a route will use. Elevations at or above this height will be avoided on a route unless 1) it is extremely impractical to do so; or 2) a stop or destination on the route is located at the higher elevation.  
Ferries

Allow or Discourage using Ferries along the route
International Borders

Open or Close International Borders along the route
Restrictions Options

Hazmat

Avoid roads with the selected Hazmat restrictions
Display Restrictions

Display road restrictions to Drivers in the CoPilot Navigation Screen
Propane Restricted

Avoid tunnels with Propane Restrictions
Vehicle Dimensions

Truck Dimensions

Select from predefined height/weight/length/width restrictions
Maximum Height

Maximum Height of combined vehicle including trailer

The industry standard limit for height is 13'6".  To simplify the creation of profiles, please note that every 6" is significant. For example, all trailers at 12'1", 12'3", 12'6" should be assigned a profile with 12'6".
Maximum Width

Maximum Width of combined vehicle including trailer

The industry standard limit for width is 102".  Anything over 96" will force routing on the National Network + State Extensions to be legal (note that 20 states today do not enforce).  The groupings should be 102" or 96", lower widths will not impact routing.
Total Length

Length of straight Truck/Van or combined vehicle’s trailer
  • 53' trailer is the industry standard and forces National Network + State Extensions.  Anything over 48' will force routing on the National Network + State Extensions to be legal (Note: 20 states currently do not enforce).  

  • More than just a legal setting, ALK calculates turning radius using the maximum straight length to see if the driver can make the turn (especially considering u-turns).  

  • You do not need to include the tractor's length in this value for tractor/trailer.  If you have straight trucks, then the full length is important for calculating safe turning radii. Likewise, for length, every 6 feet is important and profiles can be grouped accordingly (e.g. straight trucks 26', 28', 30' should be grouped in 30').


Total Weight

Weight of combined vehicle including trailer

Input the truck/tractor's GVWR (gross vehicle weight registration)as authorities are concerned about GVWR and not the actual loaded weight.
Total Weight per Axle

Maximum weight per group of axle


All of the options are pre-populated with a default value. To submit all changes , click on  .



Step 3: Assign the Vehicle Routing Profile to a Vehicle group


Click on the Assignments tab to assign this vehicle routing profile to one or more Vehicle groups.

In the Assignments tab, click on     to select the Vehicle Groups that should use this Vehicle routing profile.