Freeway is available worldwide.

Freeway provides exceptional performance, advanced drive time analyses, seamless worldwide analysis capabilities, and is updated with the latest roadway systems


For nearly twenty-five years, Freeway has been the drive time engine of choice for trade area delineation and retail sales forecasting models. The first and best engine has been reworked and expanded to include a range of new features.

For end-users, Freeway is available as a stand-alone which can generate polygons either in MID/MIF or Atlas BNA formats.

For developers, Freeway includes the full API specification, enabling the rapid integration of the system with either mapping or market analysis applications. More details under Interfaces below.

The Challenge:

Finding the “right” site can be a time-consuming and nerve-racking process.

Market researchers routinely evaluate market potential and site selection suitability by examining local demographics, competitor locations and logistical factors within a proposed trade area.

Defining a proposed trade area based on traditional radial ring studies can cause significant errors of omission and commission and can lead to poor sales potential and site selection decisions.

The Solution:

Applied Spatial Technology’s Freeway Drive Time application uses sophisticated spatial analysis technology to more accurately define trade areas based on travel time from a proposed site.

Freeway can be used to produce:

  • polygons representing the area which can be driven from a specified point within a specified amount of time under user specified traffic conditions
  • point-to-point drive times between a single origin and single destination point
  • tables of drive times between a set of one or more origins and a set of one or more destinations

Freeway comes packaged with roadway systems derived from the latest OpenStreetMap (OSM) databases.

New Features for 2020:

  • Global coverage: any location, anywhere, within a single database structure based on the latest OSM street files.
  • Greater Resolution Control: A new resolution model which expands the number of levels to five from the original two. The finest resolution is twice that of the old engine, and we can tailor which resolution to use based on the drive time size very finely allowing maximum performance.
  • More Street Types: A greatly expanded range of street types to now include differentiation between major and minor arterial roads, service roads (e.g. private roads within shopping centers), and in order to support global coverage, local unimproved roads.   Unimproved roads in North America include forestry and agricultural service roads but in much of the world, serve as connectors between towns.
  • Performance and Accuracy: Internal improvements such as an improved connection model for points which are not directly connectable to the road network and a new data storage model which improves performance substantially.   Combined with the improved resolution control and new data storage model, performance times for common drive times such as 5, 10, or 15 minutes are drastically improved, with most polygons produced in well under one second.


Freeway is available by several means –

  • Freeway API, a simple interface for web developers
  • Desktop stand-alone application
  • Windows DLL for developers using the existing interface.
  • Native command line driven windows shell application for web and desktop developers

Databases available at present are for North America and Global based on the OSM street database, with annual updates released in September of each year.

Global Drivetime images:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caracas, Venezuela

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kinshasa-Brazzaville, Congo

Cairo, Egypt

Guadalajara, Mexico

Kabul, Afghanistan

Shanghai, China

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