A Vehicle Routing Profile is a collection of settings that ensure CoPilot's routing algorithm knows the type of vehicle being driven so it can apply all legal and physical road restrictions when generating the route. Routing Profiles also include customizable settings that take into account a fleet’s preferences for how a vehicle should be routed. 

Account Manager comes with a wide selection of default routing profiles, which are based on the most common types of commercial vehicles on the road, in various regions of the world. If you need something more custom, you can create your own profiles to fit your fleet's vehicles and routing preferences.

To create a Vehicle Routing Profile:

Step 1: Name your profile

  • Select Vehicle Routing Profiles in the Configure Fleet Settings menu on the left. The Vehicle Routing Profiles screen loads. Saved routing profiles are listed here.
  • Select the Create Vehicle Routing Profile button at the top right of the screen.
  • The New Vehicle Routing Profile dialog loads. Enter a name in the Vehicle Routing Profile Name field. Note that this profile name will be visible to the driver in CoPilot. We recommend using a unique name to make it easier for the driver to select the correct profile.
  • Click the Save & Continue button. The Select Vehicle Type and Settings screen loads.

Step 2: Select a vehicle type and dimensions

  • Expand the Route Profile Template dropdown menu to select the general type of vehicle. This is the starting point for your new profile, and your selection automatically populates the Vehicle Type field. 
  • Under Profile Settings, expand the Vehicle Dimensions drop-down menu and edit the values as needed. See the table below for a description of each setting.
  • Check the box next to Set as Default Profile if you want this profile applied by default to every Vehicle Group created in the future and to any individual vehicles that are not assigned to a group. 

Step 3: Select Routing Preferences and Restrictions

  • Expand the Routing Preferences drop-down menu.
  • Set the options appropriately for the routing profile. Options include routing type, ability to use toll roads and ferries, allowing border crossings, and more. See the table below for a description of each setting.
  • Select Restrictions to expand the restrictions drop-down menu.
  • Use the dropdown menus to choose the appropriate Hazmat designations, if any, and to enable or disable the  Display Restrictions on Map setting. See the table below for a description of each setting.
  • Click the Save & Continue button.

Step 4: Assign your new profile to Vehicle Groups

  • One you save your profile, the Assign Profile to Vehicle Group screen loads.
  • Select the checkbox next to each vehicle group you want to assign to the routing profile.
  • Click the Save button.
  • Click Done to complete the routing profile.

Routing profile settings

After selecting your vehicle in the Select Vehicle Profile drop-down, you can customize the preset Profile Settings. Choose the options grouped under Vehicle Dimensions, Routing Preferences and Restrictions.

Vehicle Dimensions
Maximum Width
Maximum Width of combined vehicle including trailer

The industry standard limit for width is 102". Anything over 96" will force routing on the National Network + State Extensions to be legal in the U.S. The groupings should be 102" or 96", lower widths will not impact routing.
Total Weight
Weight of combined vehicle including trailer

Input the truck/tractor's GVWR (gross vehicle weight registration) as authorities are concerned about GVWR and not the actual loaded weight.
Maximum Height
Maximum Height of combined vehicle including trailer

The industry standard limit for height is 13'6". To simplify the creation of profiles, please note that every 6" is significant. For example, all trailers at 12'1", 12'3", 12'6" should be assigned a profile with 12'6".
Total Length
Length of straight Truck/Van or a combined vehicle’s trailer
  • 53' trailer is the industry standard and forces National Network + State Extensions. Anything over 48' will force routing on the National Network + State Extensions to be legal. (Note: 20 states currently do not enforce).  

  • More than just a legal setting, CoPilot calculates turning radius using the maximum straight length to see if the driver can make the turn (especially considering U-turns).  

  • You do not need to include the tractor's length in this value for tractor/trailer. If you have straight trucks, then the full length is important for calculating safe turning radii. Likewise, for length, every 6 feet is important and profiles can be grouped accordingly (e.g. straight trucks 26', 28', 30' should be grouped in 30').

Max Weight per Axle Group
Maximum weight per group of axles. (e.g. 34,000 lbs. for tandem axles)
State + National Network(U.S. Only) Check to set whether routes should favor using the U.S. Federally designated National Network 

Note: By default this checkbox will be selected automatically based on vehicle dimensions.
Routing Preferences
Routing Type
Set the CoPilot routing algorithm - Practical or Shortest

Note: Practical will generate a route on CoPilot with an effort to reduce the number of stops, turns and avoid traffic. Shortest will generate a route on CoPilot with the shortest distance but may take longer due to more stops, turns, and traffic.
Toll RoadsSet toll preference - Use, Avoid If Possible and Avoid Always
FerriesAllow or Discourage using Ferries along the route
Apply Governor Speed to ETAsCheck the box to use a maximum road speed in route travel time calculations, and then enter a custom value or use the 55 mph default.
Allow Intl. Border Crossing
Uncheck to minimize the number of international border crossings, unless they are necessary to reach all of the stops on a route. For example, if all your stops are in the “lower 48” United States, the resulting route will stay in the United States even if the most practical or shortest route would normally involve some Canadian mileage. If you leave the box checked, the routing algorithm will ignore international boundaries in generating the best route.
Discourage Elevation Routing AboveCheck the box and then enter an elevation in feet to set a customized limit on the elevation of the roads a route will use. Elevations at or above this height will be avoided on a route unless 1) it is extremely impractical to do so; or 2) a stop or destination on the route is located at the higher elevation.  
Side of Street AdherenceHow strict to be in order to avoid the destination being on the opposite side of the street.
Avoid roads with the selected Hazmat restrictions
Display Restrictions
Display road restrictions to Drivers in the CoPilot Navigation Screen