Travel Time API: new development in the field of smart mobility

How can you help your customers by bringing together supply and demand in an innovative way? Travel Time API, the latest product from Localyse, serves as an interface between your business data, travel time and Google Maps. Travel Time API makes use of isochrones, derived from the Greek words ‘iso’ & ‘chronos’, which means  ‘equal in time’. Using the Travel Time API provides at-a-glance visualization of the service area, based on the equal travel times with the selected modality (bicycle, car, public transit, etc.). With this approach the travel times are key, rather than just the travel distances. This is made possible through use of the up-to-the-minute travel time data from Google Maps.


Rather than limiting the search to a single location, it is now possible to include multiple destinations and the corresponding travel times in a single search. Travel Time API then examines not only at the travel time from a single location but also takes into considers other starting points, such as your place of work, your partner’s place of work and your children’s school. This provides a new perspective and multiple possibilities for finding a match between supply and demand.

The new ‘travel time’ feature makes our platform even more relevant and user-friendly. – Mark Vercammen, Project Manager Hebbes

Wide range of potential uses

  • Real estate, advertising and job sites: The location of the house relative to work, schools and/or family is often a prime factor in the search for a new home. With the Travel Time API these travel objectives can be included to find the right home.
  • Mobility issues: Put the Travel Time API to work during the search for a new office or when analysing the commuting patterns of your employees to and from the office.
  • Delivery companies: Provide better estimates of delivery time and location by looking at travel time rather than kilometres.


  • Calculations and analyses based on the Travel Time API filter out hard-to-reach places and add Points-of-Interest that are ignored in distance-based searches.
  • This API is easy for developers to implement
  • Show at a glance which modality (car, public transit, bicycle, walking) will get you to your destination fastest.
  • Results in better matching between supply and demand
  • Provides a personalized result in which the user indicates the preference for a modality and enters his or her personal POIs. Just like the way Hebbes is already using it.
  • Gives quick visual insight into travel times (simple 3-zone map)

Use case

Continue reading to learn how Hebbes has used the Travel Time API to offer their customers extra service during their house search.

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Brian Batist

Business Developer (NL)

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