distance from route

Topics: Feature Requests, General
Nov 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Edited Nov 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM


Im looking at a way to get the distance from CurrentPosition to the drawn route line...

The idea is that i could detect when i have deviated from the projected route and recalculate a new route.



I found this link which i think gives an equation to do what i wanting to do



Technically i know there is a different formula that will take into account that the earth is round not flat but i think the 2d formula will be accurate enough for what i am trying to do.


any help would be great


Nov 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM


Look at this code (to use the Vector class, which also allows to use "Points" and Vectors with double precision X and Y values, make sure to reference "WindowsBase"):


        /// <summary>
        /// Returns the point that lies ON a polyline and is closest to a given point.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="points">A List of Vectors/Points that define the polyline.</param>
        /// <param name="pos">The given point.</param>
        /// <returns>Closest point that lies on the polyline.</returns>
        private Vector GetClosestPointOnPolyline(List<Vector> points, Vector pos)
            SortedDictionary<double, Vector> distances = new SortedDictionary<double, Vector>();
            for (int i = 0; i < points.Count - 1; i++)
                double dist;
                var point =  GetClosestPointOnLinesegment(map, points[i], points[i + 1], pos, out dist);
                if (!distances.ContainsKey(dist))
                    distances.Add(dist, point);
            return distances.First().Value;

        /// <summary>
        /// Returns the closest Point ON a line segment defined by Points A and B to a given point P, and gets the distance to this point
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="A">The Startpoint of the linesegment</param>
        /// <param name="B">The Endpoint of the linesegment</param>
        /// <param name="P">The given point.</param>
        /// <param name="distance">The distance from the line segment to P</param>
        /// <returns>Vector (Point) that lies on the linesegement and is closest to P.</returns>
        public static Vector GetClosestPointOnLinesegment(GMapEnhanced.Map map, Vector A, Vector B, Vector P, out double distance)
            Vector AP = P - A;
            Vector AB = B - A;
            double ab2 = AB.LengthSquared;
            double ap_ab = Vector.Multiply(AP, AB);
            double t = ap_ab / ab2;

            if (t < 0.0f)
                t = 0.0f;
            else if (t > 1.0f)
                t = 1.0f;
            Vector closestPoint = A + AB * t;

            //Don't use this Length with Lat/Long coordinates!
            //distance = (closestPoint - P).Length;
            distance = map.MapProvider.Projection.GetDistance(new GMap.NET.PointLatLng(P.Y, P.X), new GMap.NET.PointLatLng(closestPoint.Y, closestPoint.X));
            return closestPoint;


Nov 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Hi Xandolph

Thanks for your reply

I just have a question in how to apply the above code


How do i convert the PointLatLng to a Vector? ( the whole Vector thing is throwing me big time :)


Thanks I8sy

Nov 20, 2011 at 12:28 AM

never mind i figured it out

	 Vector currentV = new Vector(Mainmap.Position.Lat, Mainmap.Position.Lng);

the code works great

Thanks for that