Compass uses the term Vehicles to refer to all the vehicles available for route planning. But these generally include several types of vehicles that have different characteristics and, depending on those, users will need to discriminate which vehicles are suitable for the routes they want to design.
In general terms, vehicle types need to be selected in accordance with the maximum number of riders and occupancy allowance, but also options of equipment and aids must be taken into account when assigning vehicles to service a specific route.
Some of these options are technical. For example, the availability of AVL or GPS systems is crucial for tracking and location purposes. Others, including maximum route and drive times or maximum total distance, are related to vehicle safety. Seat belts, safe vests, wheelchairs or specialties such as air condition or aides assigned, depend on Students’ needs.
Beyond that, customers can also consider operating costs per hour or per mile as additional options that address financial factors.
Fleets are held in depots and where these are located is an essential piece of information from the beginning of any routing project, since such locations will normally be the start and the final destination of every route. So, the location of those depots will also be decisive in the selection of vehicles.
In order to undertake vehicle management tasks, users can access the Vehicle Management tool by clicking on the Vehicles tab located under the main toolbar, on the left section of the screen.
Vehicle search can be done with the aid of filters that are distributed in various sections:
The Vehicle Management tool displays several buttons with different functionalities above the search result list:
The search results table shows the most relevant Vehicle Features of each of the listed Vehicles. These include: