Automatic Routing


Routing dynamically in the running simulation may be adequate in the following situations:

  • there is not enough time / computing power to wait for the dynamic user equilibrium
  • changes to the net occur while the simulation is running
  • vehicles need to adapt their route while running

In this case sumo may be used directly for routing with either routes or trip files (or a mix) as input.

This routing approach works by giving some or all vehicles the capability to re-compute their route periodically. This routing takes into account the current and recent state of traffic in the network and thus adapts to jams and other changes in the network.

The options listed below allow configuring which of the vehicles shall be equipped, how often rerouting decisions shall be made and how the estimation of travel times is computed from current and recent knowledge.


The options related to this routing are:

Option default Description
--device.rerouting.probability <FLOAT> -1 The probability for a vehicle to have a routing device (-1 is equivalent to 0 here)
--device.rerouting.explicit <STRING> Assign a device to named vehicles
--device.rerouting.deterministic false The devices are set deterministic using a fraction of 1000 (with the defined probability)
--device.rerouting.period <STRING> 0 The period with which the vehicle shall be rerouted
--device.rerouting.pre-period <STRING> 60 The rerouting period before insertion/depart
--device.rerouting.adaptation-interval <INT> 1 The interval for updating the edge weights.
--device.rerouting.adaptation-weight <FLOAT> 0.0 (disabled) The weight of prior edge weights for exponential averaging from [0, 1].
--device.rerouting.adaptation-steps <INT> 180 The number of adaptation steps for averaging (enable for values > 0).
--device.rerouting.with-taz false Use traffic assignment zones (TAZ/districts) as routing end points
--device.rerouting.init-with-loaded-weights false Use option --weight-files for initializing the edge weights at simulation start
--device.rerouting.mode 0 configure handling of temporary obstructions

Please note that if a vehicle gets a routing device only rerouting before insertion is active by default. In order to activate periodic rerouting en route set --device.rerouting.period.

Edge weights#

If the routing is enabled for any vehicle, the average travel times in the net are collected for all edges. If a vehicle needs to be routed (either because it gets inserted or because a repeated route choice was enabled via the ".period" option) it chooses the fastest route to its destination edge (or district) according to the present edge weights (travel speeds and hence travel times). The update of the edge weights does not simply overwrite the old value but is computed as a weighted average as described below. Since updating the weights of all edges in each simulation step means a major slowdown for the simulation this interval may be altered using the ".adaptation-interval" option.


these weights are also used when using TraCI functions vehicle.rerouteTraveltime and vehicle.changeTarget if the routing mode was set to ROUTING_MODE_AGGREGATED using vehicle.setRoutingMode. Likewise, the function simulation.findRoute can be switched to using these weights by setting the argument routingMode=ROUTING_MODE_AGGREGATED.

Adapting by exponential average#

By setting the option --device.rerouting.adaptation-weight <FLOAT> the travel speed of each edge is computed as

FLOAT * priorValue + (1 - FLOAT) * currentMeanSpeed

This averaging takes place with the period set by --device.rerouting.adaptation-interval.

Adapting by moving average#

By setting the option --device.rerouting.adaptation-steps <INT> the travel speed of each edge is computed as the average of the INT latest meanSpeed values. This averaging takes place with the period set by --device.rerouting.adaptation-interval.


speed values in a time interval going back as far as the multiple of adaptation-interval and adaptation-steps take part in the averaging.

Investigating edge weights#

To understand the evolution of edge weights during the simulation it can be helpful to look at the values in detail:

Incomplete trips and flows#

All vehicles which are created using a trip as input (or a flow with "from" and "to" attributes) get automatically routed at insertion without the need to instantiate the device for them explicitly. Whenever an error occurs on routing because no route can be found which includes all mandatory edges ("from", "to", and all stop edges in the correct order) and is connected (also respecting the vehicle class permissions) this is a fatal error and stops the simulation. This can be switched off by using --ignore-route-errors which will leave the route untouched in the error case. If the vehicle did not have a route yet (because it was defined using a trip) and cannot find one and --ignore-route-errors is used, it will not be inserted.

Alternatively to using attributes "from" and "to" it is also possible to use "fromTaz" and "toTaz", if a district file is loaded.

Alternative Declaration via Parameters#

Another way for defining the set of vehicles that are equipped with a rerouting device is via generic parameters.

The following parameters are supported as child elements of a <vType>, <vehicle>, <trip> or <flow>:

  • device.rerouting.period
  • device.rerouting.pre-period
  • device.rerouting.proability
  • device.rerouting.deterministic
  • device.rerouting.mode
  • has.rerouting.device


The device can be accessed using the TraCI function vehicle.getParameter and vehicle.setParameter:


  • device.rerouting.period (returns individual rerouting period in seconds)
  • device.rerouting.edge:EDGE_ID (returns assumed travel time for rerouting where EDGE_ID is the id of a network edge)
  • has.rerouting.device (returns "true" or "false" depending on whether the device is equipped)


  • device.rerouting.period (double literal, set rerouting period in seconds)
  • device.rerouting.edge:EDGE_ID (double literal, set assumed travel time for rerouting for all vehicles (where EDGE_ID is the id if a network edge). This value is overwritten at the next update interval (--device.rerouting.adaptation-interval).
  • has.rerouting.device ("true"): can be used to dynamically enable automatic rerouting


When setting the option --weights.random-factor <FLOAT>, edge weights for routing are dynamically distorted by a random factor drawn uniformly from [1,<FLOAT>]. This randomization is performed every time an edge weight is used so the same vehicle could select a different route when rerouted on different time steps. The route generated this way may be longer than the fastest route by the given factor (in the worst case). This randomness is a good way to achieve a reasonable route distribution in grid networks an in other cases where many similar route alternatives are available.


Routing in the simulation can be parallelized. This is particular helpful when periodic rerouting is active as it may consume large amounts of processing time. To perform routing in parallel, set the option --device.rerouting.threads <INT> to the number of parallel threads desired.

It may also help to set the option --device.rerouting.synchronize which ensures that all vehicles are rerouted at the same time (by default the rerouting period is aligned with vehicle insertion time).