Exactly 10 years ago openrouteservice.org came online for the very first time. Back then it was the very first online routing service consuming data from OpenStreetMap.org covering larger areas. So to say it is ‘the original’ OSM routing service. It initially started with Germany only and soon we provided routing for Europe and finally the street network covered the whole globe.
Pascal Neis did a magnificent job with developing the first version, which was embedded in a project on disaster management, which still is a major topic for the current openrouteservice team and further contributors at HeiGIT and GIScience Heidelberg. Since the already impressive beginnings a lot of new features have been added over the years, the whole system has been iteratively enhanced and now we are proud to provide a free API for external users with all different kinds of services and options!