PTV Visum 15 sets new standards in multimodality

The new version of the leading transport planning software is now available

Karlsruhe, 7 September 2015 - The new release of the world's leading transport planning software is here: PTV Visum 15 sets new standards in multimodality and allows even more sustainable transport planning.

Decision-makers in many places make it their duty to improve the accessibility of public transport. The supply of Park & Ride (P+R) has a role to play in this. To allow users to accurately analyse the demand, quantity and placement of P+R sites, there are new functions available in PTV Visum 15. "Thanks to these, it is possible to evaluate the existing and future capacities of the P+R sites", says Dr.-Ing. Johannes Schlaich, Director Traffic Software Product Management & Services at PTV Group.

Broader range of modes of transport

Some transport just works differently - whereas car drivers tend to prefer direct, more cost-effective routes, cyclists enjoy circumnavigating overly strenuous or dangerous routes: research results suggest that e.g. the maximum slope along the whole path has a significant influence on cyclists' path choice. "To allow our users to model these events realistically, we have enhanced the stochastic assignment so that path-level impedance elements can now be reflected in the path choice ", explains Schlaich. Another notable use case: freight traffic in which certain components of the cost functions depend on the travel distance.

New demand model for commercial transport

The new “tour-based freight” module now closes the gap between private and commercial transport. This is a new demand model, specially tailored to logistical needs in an urban context. Thanks to the new module, users can now integrate relevant logistics concepts into their strategic traffic models. The new module is based on the Savings Algorithm applied in the logistics sector, in which potential cost savings are evaluated by creating tours and defining their internal order. "In PTV Visum, the Savings Algorithm ensures that the order matrices calculated by the generation and distribution step are converted into trip matrices, which take into account connection trips with different levels of tour optimization in addition to outgoing and incoming trips", says Schlaich.

Share, like, recommend

Furthermore, the scenario management has been refined to enable teams to collaborate even more closely. It is now easier for planners to exchange projects with one another and to use password verification. They can also make their work visible externally. "Using the new General Transit Feed Export (GTFS), planners can share their data with the general public via Google Maps or with other planning systems using the GTFS as exchange format," explains Schlaich. "How much they wish to publish is up to them." In this way, planners can share certain parts of their public transport network – without losing the ownership of their data.

Further information: More details about the new features and functionalities of PTV Visum 15 are available at Furthermore, PTV Group’s Product Management presents the new version in a webinar on 24 September. Interested people can register for free at

PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – be it transport routes, distribution structures or private and public transport. The company offers software, data, content, consulting and research. Thanks to expert knowledge in traffic and transport planning, PTV occupies a unique position.

Environmentally-compatible and cost-effective mobility requires finely-tuned coordination of flows of traffic and goods, so that people and products can reach their destinations safely and efficiently. The focus here is on road safety, climate protection and future-proof mobility concepts. PTV solutions in transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management help to achieve this, even in real time.

In the Logistics business field, PTV’s portfolio ranges from software for scheduling transport routes and trips to distribution planning and fleet management, including truck navigation and parking. A special online service provides real-time transparency during the transport process and across the entire supply chain. In the Traffic business field, PTV offers software, data and scientific techniques for modelling and simulating traffic networks. This helps traffic and city planners in over 120 countries to organise optimal traffic flow.

PTV's headquarters have been located in Karlsruhe – a centre of innovation and development – since the company was founded in 1979. Around 600 employees around the world are working on powerful solutions for public administration, government departments, trade and industry.

The German company PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG is a member of PTV Group.


Sonja Koesling
PR & Marketing Traffic Software
PTV Group
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