Optimize Travel and Sightseeing with Fujitsu's Web Route Guide Service

Freely enjoy sightseeing by car and find the optimal driving route for your purpose

During Japan’s Golden Week holidays (April 29-May 5), many people took advantage of consecutive vacation days to go on tours. Cars are the most popular means of transportation for travel in Japan. While conveniently packaged tours are still popular, more and more people are now beginning to travel on their own by car, which allows them to visit sightseeing spots freely without being too concerned about time.

However, travelling on one’s own requires preparation, including which sightseeing spots to visit, where to stay, and how to arrange transportation schedules. Use of tourism information websites may help; however, on these websites, popular tourist spots are often presented separately for different regions, and the travel time between different spots may need to be checked using map services. To prepare detailed plans requires considerable time and energy and visiting a variety of websites through trial and error. To eliminate this burden, would it not be possible to obtain a service that allows users to find the most appropriate travel route and calculate the travel time by car merely by choosing sightseeing spots of interest? In order to meet such a need, Fujitsu has developed the Web Route Guide Service, which enables travelers to prepare car travel routes easily on tourism information sites and via smartphones.

Leverage unique local tourism information using open data to discover hidden charms along travel routes in addition to famous tourist spots

This Web Route Guide Service is an application incorporated into tourism information websites managed by local government organizations and other bodies. The service automatically calculates the optimal travel route by car and allows the user to determine the route on an electronic map merely by choosing interesting sightseeing spots. In addition to the optimal route, the map displays travel time and travel distance in addition to hidden side trips along the travel route. This allows users to discover sightseeing spots that are not ordinarily included in tourist guidebooks and giving them the opportunity to make their own unique travel plans.

This Web Route Guide Service is already used by 48 organizations in 12 prefectures across Japan focused on promoting tourism. In particular, in the Aomori Prefecture, 30 organizations have already started using the service on their tourism websites. At the same time, the prefectural released its tourism information to the private sector as open data in order to develop a tourism cloud. This local tourism information is used not only for the Web Route Guide Service but also for local rental car companies to provide mobile tourism information services. Fujitsu’s route guide service system is being developed as a platform for coordinating a variety of local tourism information services.

The Fujitsu-developed Web Route Guide Service provides a pioneering model for using open data, which refers to public information assets released to the private sector. In the future, in addition to tourism, Fujitsu will expand this service into a variety of areas, including disaster prevention and the promotion of electric vehicle use, in order to create new value through public-private collaboration.