Navigate route

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Use a routing service to navigate between two points.

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Use case

Navigation is often used by field workers while traveling between two points to get live directions based on their location.

How to use the sample

Tap 'Navigate Route' to simulate traveling and to receive directions from a preset starting point to a preset destination. Tap 'Navigate Route' again to start the simulation from the beginning.

How it works

  1. Create a RouteTask using a URL to an online route service.
  2. Generate default RouteParameters using routeTask.createDefaultParametersAsync().
  3. Set returnStops, returnDirections, and returnRoutes on the parameters to true.
  4. Add Stops to the parameters' stops collection for each destination.
  5. Solve the route using routeTask.solveAsync(routeParameters) to get a RouteResult.
  6. Create a RouteTracker using the route result, and the index of the desired route to take.
  7. Create a RouteTrackerLocationDataSource with the route tracker and simulated location data source to snap the location display to the route.
  8. Create and register a LocationChangedListener with MapView.LocationDisplay.addLocationChangedListener(locationChangedListener). Within the listener call routeTracker.getTrackingStatus() to display updated route information. Tracking status includes a variety of information on the route progress, such as the remaining distance, remaining geometry or traversed geometry (represented by a Polyline), or the remaining time (Double), amongst others.
  9. Use routeTracker.addNewVoiceGuidanceListener() and get guidance using newVoiceGuidanceEvent.getVoiceGuidance().getText(). Use android's text-to-speech engine to provide spoken maneuver directions.
  10. To establish whether the destination has been reached, use trackingStatus.getDestinationStatus(). If the destination status is REACHED, and the remainingDestinationCount is 1, we have arrived at the destination and can stop routing. If there are several destinations in your route, and the remaining destination count is greater than 1, switch the route tracker to the next destination.

Relevant API

  • DestinationStatus
  • Location
  • LocationDataSource
  • ReroutingStrategy
  • Route
  • RouteParameters
  • RouteTask
  • RouteTracker
  • Stop
  • VoiceGuidance

About the data

The route taken in this sample goes from the San Diego Convention Center, site of the annual Esri User Conference, to the Fleet Science Center, San Diego.


directions, maneuver, navigation, route, turn-by-turn, voice

Sample Code
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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.navigateroute;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException;

import android.content.res.Resources;
import android.os.Build;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech;
import android.text.format.DateUtils;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.concurrent.ListenableFuture;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Polyline;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.location.RouteTrackerLocationDataSource;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.location.SimulatedLocationDataSource;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.location.SimulationParameters;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Viewpoint;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Graphic;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.GraphicsOverlay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.LocationDisplay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.navigation.DestinationStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.navigation.RouteTracker;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.navigation.TrackingStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.tasks.networkanalysis.RouteParameters;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.tasks.networkanalysis.RouteResult;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.tasks.networkanalysis.RouteTask;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.tasks.networkanalysis.Stop;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private static final String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

  private TextToSpeech mTextToSpeech;
  private boolean mIsTextToSpeechInitialized = false;

  private SimulatedLocationDataSource mSimulatedLocationDataSource;

  private MapView mMapView;
  private RouteTracker mRouteTracker;
  private Graphic mRouteAheadGraphic;
  private Graphic mRouteTraveledGraphic;
  private Button mRecenterButton;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // authentication with an API key or named user is required to access basemaps and other
    // location services

    // get a reference to the map view
    mMapView = findViewById(;
    // create a map and set it to the map view
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_STREETS);

    // create a graphics overlay to hold our route graphics
    GraphicsOverlay graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

    // initialize text-to-speech to replay navigation voice guidance
    mTextToSpeech = new TextToSpeech(this, status -> {
      if (status != TextToSpeech.ERROR) {
        mIsTextToSpeechInitialized = true;

    // clear any graphics from the current graphics overlay

    // generate a route with directions and stops for navigation
    RouteTask routeTask = new RouteTask(this, getString(R.string.routing_service_url));
    ListenableFuture<RouteParameters> routeParametersFuture = routeTask.createDefaultParametersAsync();
    routeParametersFuture.addDoneListener(() -> {

      try {
        // define the route parameters
        RouteParameters routeParameters = routeParametersFuture.get();
        ListenableFuture<RouteResult> routeResultFuture = routeTask.solveRouteAsync(routeParameters);
        routeParametersFuture.addDoneListener(() -> {
          try {
            // get the route geometry from the route result
            RouteResult routeResult = routeResultFuture.get();
            Polyline routeGeometry = routeResult.getRoutes().get(0).getRouteGeometry();
            // create a graphic for the route geometry
            Graphic routeGraphic = new Graphic(routeGeometry,
                new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.BLUE, 5f));
            // add it to the graphics overlay
            // set the map view view point to show the whole route
            mMapView.setViewpointAsync(new Viewpoint(routeGeometry.getExtent()));

            // create a button to start navigation with the given route
            Button navigateRouteButton = findViewById(;
            navigateRouteButton.setOnClickListener(v -> startNavigation(routeTask, routeParameters, routeResult));

            // start navigating
            startNavigation(routeTask, routeParameters, routeResult);
          } catch (ExecutionException | InterruptedException e) {
            String error = "Error creating default route parameters: " + e.getMessage();
            Toast.makeText(this, error, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
            Log.e(TAG, error);
      } catch (InterruptedException | ExecutionException e) {
        String error = "Error getting the route result " + e.getMessage();
        Toast.makeText(this, error, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
        Log.e(TAG, error);

    // wire up recenter button
    mRecenterButton = findViewById(;
    mRecenterButton.setOnClickListener(v -> {

  private void startNavigation(RouteTask routeTask, RouteParameters routeParameters, RouteResult routeResult) {

    // clear any graphics from the current graphics overlay

    // get the route's geometry from the route result
    Polyline routeGeometry = routeResult.getRoutes().get(0).getRouteGeometry();
    // create a graphic (with a dashed line symbol) to represent the route
    mRouteAheadGraphic = new Graphic(routeGeometry,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.DASH, Color.MAGENTA, 5f));
    // create a graphic (solid) to represent the route that's been traveled (initially empty)
    mRouteTraveledGraphic = new Graphic(routeGeometry,
        new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, Color.BLUE, 5f));

    // get the map view's location display
    LocationDisplay locationDisplay = mMapView.getLocationDisplay();
    // set up a simulated location data source which simulates movement along the route
    mSimulatedLocationDataSource = new SimulatedLocationDataSource();
    SimulationParameters simulationParameters = new SimulationParameters(Calendar.getInstance(), 35, 5, 5);
    mSimulatedLocationDataSource.setLocations(routeGeometry, simulationParameters);

    // set up a RouteTracker for navigation along the calculated route
    mRouteTracker = new RouteTracker(getApplicationContext(), routeResult, 0, true);
    mRouteTracker.enableReroutingAsync(routeTask, routeParameters,
        RouteTracker.ReroutingStrategy.TO_NEXT_WAYPOINT, true);

    // create a route tracker location data source to snap the location display to the route
    RouteTrackerLocationDataSource routeTrackerLocationDataSource = new RouteTrackerLocationDataSource(mRouteTracker, mSimulatedLocationDataSource);
    // set the route tracker location data source as the location data source for this app
    // if the user navigates the map view away from the location display, activate the recenter button
    locationDisplay.addAutoPanModeChangedListener(autoPanModeChangedEvent -> mRecenterButton.setEnabled(true));

    // get a reference to navigation text views
    TextView distanceRemainingTextView = findViewById(;
    TextView timeRemainingTextView = findViewById(;
    TextView nextDirectionTextView = findViewById(;

    // listen for changes in location
    locationDisplay.addLocationChangedListener(locationChangedEvent -> {
        // listen for new voice guidance events
        mRouteTracker.addNewVoiceGuidanceListener(newVoiceGuidanceEvent -> {
          // use Android's text to speech to speak the voice guidance
              .setText(getString(R.string.next_direction, newVoiceGuidanceEvent.getVoiceGuidance().getText()));

        // get the route's tracking status
        TrackingStatus trackingStatus = mRouteTracker.getTrackingStatus();
        // set geometries for the route ahead and the remaining route

        // get remaining distance information
        TrackingStatus.Distance remainingDistance = trackingStatus.getDestinationProgress().getRemainingDistance();
        // covert remaining minutes to hours:minutes:seconds
        String remainingTimeString = DateUtils
            .formatElapsedTime((long) (trackingStatus.getDestinationProgress().getRemainingTime() * 60));

        // update text views
        distanceRemainingTextView.setText(getString(R.string.distance_remaining, remainingDistance.getDisplayText(),
        timeRemainingTextView.setText(getString(R.string.time_remaining, remainingTimeString));

        // if a destination has been reached
        if (trackingStatus.getDestinationStatus() == DestinationStatus.REACHED) {
          // if there are more destinations to visit. Greater than 1 because the start point is considered a "stop"
          if (mRouteTracker.getTrackingStatus().getRemainingDestinationCount() > 1) {
            // switch to the next destination
            Toast.makeText(this, "Navigating to the second stop, the Fleet Science Center.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
          } else {
            Toast.makeText(this, "Arrived at the final destination.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

    // start the LocationDisplay, which starts the RouteTrackerLocationDataSource and SimulatedLocationDataSource
    Toast.makeText(this, "Navigating to the first stop, the USS San Diego Memorial.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

   * Uses Android's text to speak to say the latest voice guidance from the RouteTracker out loud.
  private void speakVoiceGuidance(String voiceGuidanceText) {
    if (mIsTextToSpeechInitialized && !mTextToSpeech.isSpeaking()) {
        mTextToSpeech.speak(voiceGuidanceText, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_FLUSH, null, null);
      } else {
        mTextToSpeech.speak(voiceGuidanceText, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_FLUSH, null);

   * Creates a list of stops along a route.
  private static List<Stop> getStops() {
    List<Stop> stops = new ArrayList<>(3);
    // San Diego Convention Center
    Stop conventionCenter = new Stop(new Point(-117.160386, 32.706608, SpatialReferences.getWgs84()));
    // USS San Diego Memorial
    Stop memorial = new Stop(new Point(-117.173034, 32.712327, SpatialReferences.getWgs84()));
    // RH Fleet Aerospace Museum
    Stop aerospaceMuseum = new Stop(new Point(-117.147230, 32.730467, SpatialReferences.getWgs84()));
    return stops;

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {