Mutate to display alternative routes

One route is good, but three routes is better. That's why alternatives can be displayed alongside the preferred route. These alternatives are usually the next fastest route and are easy to implement.

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Steps to take

  1. Plotting alternative routes starts by executing the newRoute mutation. This mutation requires information about the car, origin and destination. After the mutation is finished executing a route id will be returned.
  2. This id can be used to request route updates through the routeUpdatedById subscription. This subscription receives dynamic updates.
  3. After the subscription returns done as status, the route and alternatives fields can be used to plot the routes on a map. Both are utilizing the same object so the polyline and the legs object are the ones to display a line and charge stations on a map. Additional data such as distance, duration and consumption can also be rendered per alternative. The route field will always be preferred over the alternatives.

Next steps

Now that everything about basic routing is explained, it's time to add additional features to the route. Let's learn about stations along routes, preferred operators and more in the next examples.