Routing penalties/Controlling U-turn penalties

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Median U-turn penalty link to this section

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Segment too short to allow two left turns

The Waze routing algorithm assesses whether to apply a penalty for a double-left or -right turn. This can be used to prevent U-turns at box- (#) and H-style intersections on divided highways and parallel roads.

Preventing median U-turns link to this section

A large U-turn penalty is applied for a double left/right turn when all three of the conditions below are met:

  1. The U-turn is composed of an incoming segment, a single median segment, and an outgoing segment
  2. The length of the median segment is shorter than 15 m (49.21 feet)
  3. The incoming and outgoing segments are within ±5° of parallel to each other

Allowing median U-turns link to this section

To allow a U-turn through a median, ensure that any one of the above criteria are broken:

  • To allow the median U-turn in both directions, it is simplest to make the median segment longer than 15 meters. (Breaking condition #2)
  • To allow the U-turn in only one direction, it is simplest to adjust the turn angles in only for the segments of the allowed U-turn so they are wider than the ±5° allowance of exactly parallel. This is easily achieved without affecting the overall look of the map using a Micro-dogleg.

Checking for parallel segments link to this section

A convenient way to check if the two side segments are parallel is to use another segment as a reference tool. If the median segment has no geometry nodes, it can be the reference segment. Otherwise you can draw a new segment as a reference tool with no geometry which connects the A and B nodes of the median segment. The reference segment can be deleted after the check is complete, if appropriate.

Check two angles:

  1. X — the angle between the incoming one-way segment and the reference segment
  2. Y — the angle between the outgoing one-way segment and the reference segment.

If the sum of these two angles is within 5° of 180° (between 175-185°), then the roads are considered parallel.

In the example below, angle X is 102°, and angle Y is 75°. The sum is 177°, which is within 3° of 180°. Therefore these roads are considered parallel. LilyPondU-turn.jpeg