Smart Mobility

What we do

Disaster managers need to calculate routes with very specific requirements, outdoor athletes would like to run their course best exclusively in green spaces and wheelchair users need to take kerbs, way surfaces and many more into account. The broad range of application scenarios calls for innovative, reliable and scalable 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.

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 green, environmentally sound or heat-avoiding routing 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 school. 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 a crucial feature for logistics 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.

Road Network Critical Assessment for Disaster Management

With the increasing accumulation and intensity of extreme weather events and environmental disasters, the need for quickly available information about the street infrastructure of cities and the accessibility of hospitals gains importance. The road network can be analyzed using the isochronous functionality of the openroutservice and intrinsic data quality analyzes based on ohsome API of the HeiGIT. This enables efficient evaluations of the road network in disaster situations.

Green and heat-stress avoiding routing

Due to climate change many users take into consideration how environmental friendly their planned routing is. Our services include personalized routing what enables users to choose noise-avoiding and heat-stress avoiding routing. Projects like meinGrün show how green spaces in cities can easily be acessed. Moreover, a routing service is in development which recommends healthy routes that avoid high solar radiation, unnecessary noise and focus on the presence of vegetation.

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. With the isochronous functionality of the openroutservice it is among others possible to assess the road network in disaster situations. Moreover, projects like Healthcare Access Analysis were realized.

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 provides end users with a great number of different utilization possibilities.

Find the route to your nearest Covid-19 vaccination center in Germany — our new App

Where is the closest Covid-19 vaccination center and what is the best way to get there? A new route planning app helps you answer this questions by suggesting ways to the nearest vaccination center. You can use this route planner now at You only have to enter a starting location or allow the automatic use of the position information on your smartphone and the route to the vaccination center can be displayed. The data from OpenStreetMap (OSM) is used as the data basis for both route planning and also for the vaccination centers. This first prototype version of the app is still under development and will be further improved.



– use geocoded social media data in selected regions to predict the time-dependent traffic state of the road network

Healthcare Access Analysis

– comparing the accessibility of healthcare facilities around the globe

BKG openrouteservice

– In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) and GIScience, various extensions to openrouteservice are being developed

Cooperation Projects with HeiGIT Support


– adaptation strategies to support and protect at-risk groups during hot weather conditions


– Airborne Assessment of Critical Infrastructures (BMBF)


– information and navigation on urban green spaces in cities

Completed Projects


– Temporal Access Restrictions for Dynamic Ultra-Flexible Routing

Completed Projects with HeiGIT Support

Routing for Accessibility

– enable people with limited mobility to better plan their route through the city using their smartphones

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

Jakob Schnell

Research Associate


This link will take you to an overview listing all our academic articles: Smart Mobility.