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This section explains the use of route computing functionality including multiple waypoints and alternate routes within an iOS app.

Car and Pedestrian Routing

Sygic Maps SDK for iOS supports route calculation with multiple waypoints, optimized for walking or driving. A route describes a path between at least two waypoints, the starting point and the destination, with optional intermediate waypoints in between.

Applications can provide route information to users in two ways:

  • A line rendered on a map that displays a connecting path between all waypoints
  • Turn-by-turn directions in text format


This guide explains how to compute a route for a car with one additional waypoint.

Expected to continue in ViewController.swift from Getting Started. The final project is available in Sygic SDK Examples: BasicRouting.

Create waypoints

SYWaypoint represents a waypoint, it's used to specify start, destination, and optional waypoints between them.

func createRoute() {
    let start = SYWaypoint(
        position: SYGeoCoordinate(latitude: 51.500432, longitude: -0.126051),
        type: .start,
        name: nil
    let end = SYWaypoint(
        position: SYGeoCoordinate(latitude: 51.505431, longitude: -0.103124),
        type: .end,
        name: nil
    let via = SYWaypoint(
        position: SYGeoCoordinate(latitude: 51.504387, longitude: -0.115477),
        type: .via,
        name: nil
    // ...

Create routing options

SYRoutingOptions class represents routing options applicable for the selected route, transportMode property provides the following modes of routing:

  • Car (default)
  • Pedestrian
  • Other (see SYTransportMode enum)


If you need an extended routing option set for truck navigation, create SYRoutingOptionsTruck instead of regular options.

let routingOptions = SYRoutingOptions()
routingOptions.transportMode = .car
routingOptions.routingType = .fastest

Define a route

The route is defined by specifying start, destination, waypoints and options (waypoints can be nil).

let request = SYRouteRequest(start: start, destination: end, options: routingOptions, viaPoints: [via])

Prepare a request for primary route

SYPrimaryRequest represents a request for computing the primary route. It also delivers details of the computing process specifically for this route (progress and completion events can be ignored by setting to nil).

let primary = SYPrimaryRequest(request) { (progress) in
    print("Primary progress: \(Int(progress * 100))%")
} completion: { [weak self] (route, computeResult) in
    print("Primary compute done: \(route?.info.length ?? 0) meters")
    // TODO: check computeResult
    // TODO: show route on map

Compute the route

Call SYRouting.computeRoute(_:alternatives:completion:) to perform the compute. In our case we request only the primary route. Optionally, you can request alternative routes by providing an array of SYAlternativeRequest.

When computing of all requested routes is finished (each can succeed or fail), the completion is called.

Completion of this method provides only the general info of the results. Closer information is available in corresponding events of SYPrimaryRequest and SYAlternativeRequest.

SYRouting.computeRoute(primary, alternatives: nil) { [weak self] (primaryRoute, alternatives) in
    print("Compute fully finished")
    // TODO: check results, show overview of all routes

Show the route on map

Typically the route is represented on map by SYMapRoute and SYMapRouteLabel, they are subclasses of SYMapObject.

First, prepare to keep track of the routes already added to the map, in order to remove them later.

class ViewController: UIViewController {
    var routeMapObjects = [SYMapObject]()
    // ...

    func removeAllRoutesFromMap() {

Add newly computed routes to the map.

func addRouteToMap(_ route: SYRoute, type: SYMapRouteType) {
    let text = "My route\n\( meters"

    let newMapObjects = [
        SYMapRoute(route: route, type: type),
        SYMapRouteLabel(text: text, textStyle: nil, placeOn: route)
    routeMapObjects.append(contentsOf: newMapObjects)

Show the overview of a few routes by animating SYMapView to their bounding box:

func showBoundingBox(routes: [SYRoute]) {
    guard let firstRoute = routes.first else { return }

    let unionBox = routes.reduce( { partialResult, route in
        partialResult.union(with: ?? partialResult

    // Zoom out with animation to display full route.
        with: UIEdgeInsets.init(top: 0.15, left: 0.15, bottom: 0.15, right: 0.15),
        duration: 1.0,
        curve: .accelerateDecelerate,
        completion: nil

Download this project

The final project by this guide is a part of Sygic SDK Examples, find it in BasicRouting directory.

iOS Routing

Route Serialization

Route serialization feature allows to convert an already computed route into JSON representation, to restore it later or transfer to another device.


func saveRoute(_ route: SYRoute) {
    let serializer = SYRouteSerializerBrief()
    guard let json = serializer.serializeRoute(route) else {
        print("Failed to serialize the route")
    UserDefaults.standard.set(json, forKey: "serializedRoute")

func restoreRoute() {
    guard let json = UserDefaults.standard.string(forKey: "serializedRoute") else {
    SYRouting.computeRoute(fromJson: json) { (progress) in
        print("Compute from JSON progress: \(Int(progress * 100))%")
    } completion: { [weak self] (route, result) in
        guard let self = self else { return }
        guard let route = route else {
            print("Failed to compute from JSON: \(result.rawValue)")
        self.addRouteToMap(route, type: .primary)
        self.showBoundingBox(routes: [route])