3.3 Release Notes:

New Items in Easy Rides 3.3

Easy Rides now uses Google Maps for geocoding, and displaying maps. Most mapping functions will behave exactly the same, except for showing a google map instead of Mappoint. One of the great things about this is that you can click on the Satellite button in the top right corner and have an aerial view of the map.

Adding an Address and the Consolidate Address geocoding features use the new google maps geocoder. When geocoding, if Google can’t find an address, it should automatically display the map, allowing you to drop a pushpin where the address belongs.

Placing a pushpin on map.

Placing a pushpin on a map

Show single trip on map:

Show single trip on a map

Showing multiple trips on a map:

Note: Clicking on a stop will highlight details of that trip.

Showing Multiple trips on a map

Show Full Route on Map:

Selecting multiple stops in the list will highlight that section of the route on the map as well as list driving directions and details for each of the stops.

Show Full Route on Map

Subset Optimize:

Reordering the stops list on the left will automatically re-calculate the trip times.

Subset Optimize

Edit Routes on Map

We have also added a new feature called Edit Route on Map. Choose it by Right clicking on a route heading, and select the menu item: Edit Route on Map:

Edit Route on Map Menu

This will show a form similar to the show route on map function, but stops that might not be feasible will be highlighted. Clicking on a stop will give you details on what the problem is, and even suggest how many more minutes are needed to make the trip become feasible. Editing the times here, applies the changes to the trip tickets, and then re-evaluates later trips to make sure they are also still feasible.

Edit Route on Map

Updating Reruns:

When you edit a rerun trip, Easy Rides will now prompt you to update existing trips to match the changes to the rerun. It will also prompt you to add trips for days that were not previously created for the rerun, so if you extend a rerun’s expiration date, or add a day of the week to the rerun, the corresponding days will be generated! See details at here

Trip form 4:

There is a new version of the trip form available that has a few minor changes.

Trip form 4

Address Toggles:

The checkboxes next to each address can perform a couple of functions.

If you uncheck the PU Address, the DO address will also be unchecked. This turns the trip into a GAP ticket. A GAP ticket is a locationless ticket often used to mark a lunch or break time.

If you uncheck just the DO Address, you will get a trip with a single address. This can be used for something like a taxi service, where you know where someone will be picked up, but don’t know in advance where they will be delivered to.

Request Times:

For systems without GIS, we have turned Request times on be default. If you edit the Request Times, the schedule time will change to the same value, but if you change the scheduled time, the requested time will not change. This is helpful if you want to track the difference between what time someone asked for a trip and the time you schedule them, when you have to adjust times a little bit.

Priority Check Boxes:

To the Right of the request times, are two check boxes. These are for indicating the priority of the trip. For systems with Auto Scheduling, these check boxes perform the same function as the drop down for setting priority.

If the PU checkbox is checked, the trip is a PU priority. That should imply that you don’t want to adjust the PU time, but it might be OK to adjust the DO time as needed.

If the DO checkbox is checked, the trip is a DO priority. That should imply that you don’t want to adjust the DO time, but the PU time might be flexible. The common example for using this would be a trip to the Doctor or a work trip. It is OK to get there early, but you don’t want to be late.

If both the PU and DO checkboxes are checked, this indicates that both stops are priority and ideally you shouldn’t change either time much.

The Easy Rides scheduling algorithms take this information into account. For systems without automated scheduling, these values can still be useful in helping a dispatcher know where priorities are when scheduling.

Easy Rides Utility:

In the Archive form, it is now possible to archive more than one month at a time. For most systems, it is advised to stay caught up on archiving, but we understand some systems receive older trips records on a deferred schedule. This allows you to archived all those records at once. To select a range of dates longer than a month, double click the grey area above the calendar. A pair of date pickers will appear, allowing you to select a begin and end date for archiving.

Utility Archive Date Picker

Executive Reports

Executive Reports allow you to save frequently used MS Access reports in an easy to find location and access them from the Easy Rides Utility just like you would the built in Easy Rides reports.

Execitive Reports

The new Executive Reports feature will be easily accessible as the last item in the Reports menu of Easy Rides Utility. For details using this feature, see the help document located here.

Updating Reruns:

When you edit a rerun trip, Easy Rides will now prompt you to update existing trips to match the changes to the rerun. It will also prompt you to add trips for days that were not previously created for the rerun, so if you extend a rerun’s expiration date, or add a day of the week to the rerun, the corresponding days will be generated! See details at http://help.mobilitat.com/entering-data/updating-subscription-trips

Miscellaneous items:

Easy Rides Web Server now supports time zones. This allows a web server located in one time zone to correctly serve trips to drivers in another time zone.

Improved Client import error checking. The Client Import tool has improved validations to ensure client data imported is correct.

Drivers Tablet app now highlights stop time if it is an appointment priority. It helps to enter the time of the appointment in the Trip Notes so that the driver can open the detail view to see what the appointment is (which should be equal to or greater than the drop off stop time).