Is OSM Good Enough for Vehicle Routing? A Study Comparing Street Networks in Vienna

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As a result of OpenStreetMap´s (OSM) openness and wide avail-ability, there is increasing interest in using OSM street network data in routing applications. But due to the heterogeneous nature of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in general and OSM in particular, there is no universally valid answer to questions about the quality of these data sources. In this paper we address the lack of systematic analyses of the quality of the OSM street network for vehicle routing and the effects of us-ing OSM rather than proprietary street networks in vehicle routing applica-tions. We propose a method to evaluate the quality of street networks for vehicle routing purposes which compares relevant street network features as well as computed route lengths and geometries using the Hausdorff dis-tance. The results of our case study comparing OSM and the official Austri-an reference graph in the city of Vienna show close agreement of one-way street and turn restriction information. Comparisons of 99,000 route pairs with an average length of 6,812 m show promising results for vehicle rout-ing applications with OSM, especially for route length computation where we found median absolute length differences of 1.0%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Location-Based Services 2014
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventLBS2014 11th International Symposium on Location-Based Services -
Duration: 26 Nov 201428 Nov 2014


ConferenceLBS2014 11th International Symposium on Location-Based Services

Research Field

  • Former Research Field - Mobility Systems


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