Hi, I’m developing an app for a school project that handles vehicle routing. The app allows customers to create create a shipment with a (pickup, delivery) location, and date.
Drivers on the other hand can work in three different ways:
- Strict Schedule (Weekdays from 9 to 5)
- Loose schedule (Tomorrow from 8pm to 1am)
- On the go (While app is opened)
My questions are:
How do I link dates (day, and time) to a time window since time 0 is considered to be the start of the algorithm and not the year 1970 as timestamps do. Do I delta out the timestamp against the current date? All examples I have found are based on routes for the same day.
Is it possible to create routes not knowing a driver’s location, just the jobs location? This is because if I wish to book a delivery:
If the schedule is known, I know that the driver will be available at a certain time but not where. Unless there is a way to tell the algorithm that the driver’s starting location will be on the generated route’s first pickup location.
Thanks for any help