Location-based Services and Navigation

What we do

While logistic providers continuously strive to improve their routes, outdoor athletes are always looking for new routes meeting their unique requirements. The broad range of application scenarios calls for scalable, reliable and innovative geo services tailor-made to meet specific use cases. To provide these crucial services, we develop globally available services and interfaces enabling a vast number of special mobility profiles, which significantly improve user-friendliness and value.


The openrouteservice is much more than a mere routing service: we offer a plethora of services fit to serve a large range of applications. Our service relies on OpenStreetMap data and other sources of free spatial data. We are outspoken proponents of open source frameworks and make all of our projects available on GitHub.

The Route Planner

The openrouteservice assists you in planning your routes – anywhere in the world. To support the largest number of geographic and personal use possible, we offer numerous options to enable each user to plan his or her route as individually as need be.

Accessibility Analyses with Isochrones

Which points can you reach from one specific location within a set time? Accessibility analyses addressing such questions are visualized on maps using isochrones.

Distance Matrices

If a large number of origin-destination pairings need to be analyzed rather than specific routes, we use distance matrices, which can calculate distances and travel times for thousands of points within a short time.

Points of Interest

The rich OpenStreetMap dataset offers a plethora of “points of interest” in different categories. Our services process them and offer specific search capabilities.

Our Philosophy: „Open Source“

We provide all the services and tools we develop on GitHub for everyone to use, and we appreciate the resourceful feedback we receive from the community.

Web Map

The application maps.openrouteservice.org provides end users with a great number of different utilization possibilities.

A Large Range of Routing Options

One special aspect of the openrouteservice pertains to its large number of routing profiles with configurable options. We strive to meet as many users’ requests as possible to support customized route planning. To achieve that goal, we continuously look for innovative ideas and new use scenarios and implement them in close cooperation with academic base research. For example, we are currently examining how to achieve the healthiest, quietest and most environmentally sound routes, and how to automatically identify suitable landmarks for navigation.

Barrier-Free Routing for Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair routing poses a unique challenge. Not only does it require careful selection of the relevant OpenStreetMap information, but it also calls for continuous methodological innovation. We closely cooperate with advocacy groups and responsible government bodies to realize functional solutions tailor-made for the target group.

Traveling Stress-Free by Car

Many users highly value the option to manually unselect individual street types. This feature enables drivers to avoid freeways, toll roads, or tunnels. Aside from these standard options, we are developing methods to also take into account landscape aesthetics as well as factors pertaining to comfort and safety.

Population Statistics by Region

The isochrones were enriched with worldwide population data, which can optionally be returned by the interface. This supports an estimate of the number of citizens living in the perimeter of a hospital or a shopping center. We will continue to include additional datasets to be able to better answer questions such as “which options do I have in my area of reachability?”

Avoid Regions and Countries

openrouteservice enables the user to select regions and even countries to avoid during the routing process. This is an important feature for logistics providers, but can also prove crucial during natural disasters. We are specifically investigating how affected areas in the aftermath of earthquakes or floods can be quickly identified and taken into account during the response planning.

Traveling Off-Road

Mountain bikers and hikers need intelligence about the slope and condition of trails. Our profiles provide this information and additionally enable the athletes to factor in their individual level of fitness, making our profiles a popular choice for planning outdoor activities.

Geocoding for Address Identification

A worldwide database can be used for translating coordinates into addresses and vice versa. This feature is offered as a free service through the openrouteservice interface.

Additional Services & Tools

The Team

Takara Baumbach

Research Associate

Amandus Butzer

Research Associate

Dr. Sascha Fendrich

PostDoc Researcher

Hendrik Leuschner

Research Associate

Julian Psotta

Research Associate

Dr. Adam Rousell

PostDoc Researcher


This link will take you to an overview listing all our academic articles: Publications Location-based Services and Navigation.