April 6, 2017

Video game lets players test their routing chops

Video game lets players test their routing chops

Play this one at the office and you might not get in trouble with the boss.

By DC Velocity Staff

Do you have what it takes to create a killer delivery route? Could you go head-to-head with today's intelligent routing software and come out on top? Now you can find out without ever leaving your desk.

Last month, fleet management solutions company Omnitracs LLC unveiled a Web-based game that invites players to test their routing chops. Called Route Race, the game challenges players to find the most efficient route to deliver packages across the city and do it quickly—before they run out of gas! Players guide their truck through the streets while strategically picking paths to avoid obstacles, construction holdups, and weather delays. After the player has completed the route, his/her path is compared with the ideal route—that is, the one recommended by Omnitracs' "Roadnet Anywhere" software.

Designed to be played on either desktop or mobile devices, Route Race was created to bring awareness to the challenges faced by companies in executing efficient deliveries and, presumably, to show off the capabilities of Omnitracs' software. "The best laid plans ... are often screwed up by traffic or weather or construction," the company notes on the game's introductory screen. ... "[Parcel delivery is] a task that's easier said than done, and Route Race is here to prove it."

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