1. In advance
The Google Maps Toolkit is a powerful summary of features to improve your route creating capabilities. In order to access the Google Maps toolkit you must first change your map type to Google Maps. This is achieved by:
1.1 Clicking on your map type
1.2 Clicking on 'Google Maps'
2 The Toolkit
When clicking on 'Toolkit' the following will appear
By clicking of any of these features your route will be adjusted. When reopening the Toolkit there will be a check behind the feature you've previously selected. If you would like to undo the changes made to your route, you can click on any of the features again. This will in turn set your route back to the original state without the previously selected functionality and remove the check behind said function.
Here is a summary of all the functionalities that the Google Maps Toolkit has to offer:
Clicking on 'Weather' displays the actual weather forecast related to your route. This forecast is distributed by Google.
2.2 Avoid highways
By enabling 'Avoid highways' in the toolkit your route will try to avoid as many highways as possible for your route, and prefer smaller roads as a result.
2.3 Avoid toll roads
Enabling this feature will recalculate your route in such a way that toll roads will be avoided if possible. This feature is especially useful for planning long journeys across Europe.
Enabling this feature causes your route to be drawn as a straight line from point A to point B. In other words the route calculation will not follow direct roads.
3 Gold member toolkit options
Gold membership allows our members a vast amount of extra functionalities within MyRoute-app. These extra functionalities also stretch to our Google Maps Toolkit. Gold membership allows access to the following extra functionalities:
Expand refers to the expanding of the amount of way points on your route. A route with a larger amount of way points could affect your route in a positive way during traveling. When you click on 'Expand' the following prompt will appear:
Inside this window is where you can give the input for the amount of extra way points you desire (max 100 way points).
Reduce is the polar opposite of expand. By clicking on 'Reduce' you're able to reduce the way point count to whichever number you prefer.
Traditionally speaking this functionality is used often by delivering services. What optimize entails is that it edits your route to the most fast (efficient) route that is possible while maintaining the way points of your route.
Enables you to flip your route around, making your starting point your end point and vise versa. This functionality may come in handy when you also want to plan a returning route trip.
4 Extra functionalities within the Toolkit
Extra functionalities are options that are available throughout all our Toolkits (Google Maps, TomTom and HERE)
4.9 Fit screen
Clicking on 'Fit screen' will zoom out your screen to the ideal format for viewing your entire route.
4.10 Ask for waypoint name
By enabling this functionality you'll receive a pop-up screen every time you place a new way point with the question on how you would like to name said way point. Disabling this will make it so that anytime you click on a new point on your map, a new way point will be added automatically.
4.11 Compare route calculation with (Gold)
This functionality allows users to compare the current calculation of your route (Google Maps) with the calculation of another map (TomTom for example). When hovering your mouse above this function within the Toolkit, 2 other map types will appear. Clicking on one of the maps will compare that route calculation with the calculation of your current route.
In this example we'll be clicking on TomTom. The comparing process will therefore be between Google Maps and TomTom. Here is the result:
The black line is the original route. The (lime) green line is the route calculation by TomTom
A good tip for comparing route calculations is that when you enable toolkit functionalities within the other map types, these changes will be carried over during the route comparing process. For example: You've created a route using Google Maps (Black line) > Next you switch your map type to TomTom > In the Toolkit of TomTom for example you click on 'Windingness (high)' > You then switch back to Google Maps and click on 'Compare route calculation with TomTom' > The green line that appears (TomTom) is adjusted to be a route with Windingness high because of the changes you have enabled in the TomTom Toolkit. This type of comparison can be very usefull when you want to take over special toolkit functionalities from one map type to another.
A second tip is that you can compare your route to 2 other map types at the same time.