Latest 0.3
Homepage https://github.com/flightblog/ZFHaversine
License MIT
Platforms ios , requires ARC
Authors

Objective-C implementation of the Haversine formula and Spherical Law of Cosines used to find the distance between two GPS coordinates. Also, methods are available to find initial and final bearing from GPS coordinates.

Haversine

The haversine formula is an equation important in navigation, giving great-circle distances between two
points on a sphere from their longitudes and latitudes. It is a special case of a more general formula
in spherical trigonometry, the law of haversines, relating the sides and angles of spherical triangles. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haversine_formula)

Spherical Law of Cosines

In spherical trigonometry, the law of cosines (also called the cosine rule for sides) is a theorem
relating the sides and angles of spherical triangles, analogous to the ordinary law of cosines from
plane trigonometry. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_law_of_cosines)

Equirectangular Approximation

"If performance is an issue and accuracy less important, for small distances Pythagoras’ theorem can be used on an equirectangular projection." – http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html

A performance comparison of the different formulae using JavaScript: http://jsperf.com/haversine-vs-spherical-law-of-cosines-vs-equirectangula

Usage

// Test coordinates

// Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK)
CGFloat latitude1 = 41.2531111;
CGFloat longitude1 = -70.0603056;

// Block Island Airport (KBID)
CGFloat latitude2 = 41.1681111;
CGFloat longitude2 =  -71.5778333;

// Logan International Airport (KBOS)
CGFloat latitude1 = 42.3629722;
CGFloat longitude1 = -71.0064167;

// San Francisco International (KSFO)
CGFloat latitude2 = 37.6191050;
CGFloat longitude2 = -122.3752372;

// Setup
ZFHaversine *distanceAndBearing = [[ZFHaversine alloc] init];
[distanceAndBearing setLatitude1:latitude1];
[distanceAndBearing setLongitude1:longitude1];
[distanceAndBearing setLatitude2:latitude2];
[distanceAndBearing setLongitude2:longitude2];

// Setup with coordinates
ZFHaversine *distanceAndBearing = [[ZFHaversine alloc] initWithLatitude1:latitude1
                                                              longitude1:longitude1
                                                               latitude2:latitude2
                                                              longitude2:longitude2];

// __Optional__: Change the default distance formula from Haversine to the Spherical Law Of Cosines
[distanceAndBearing setFormulaMode:sphericalFormula];

// ... or the equirectangular approximation distance formula
// Note: with this formula, the further apart the two points are,
// the more incorrect the distance gets
//[distanceAndBearing setFormulaMode:equirectangularFormula];

// Results for Distance    
NSLog(@"Kilos %f", [distanceAndBearing kilos]);
NSLog(@"Meters %f", [distanceAndBearing meters]);
NSLog(@"Nautial Miles %f", [distanceAndBearing nauticalMiles]);
NSLog(@"Miles %f", [distanceAndBearing miles]);
NSLog(@"Yards %f", [distanceAndBearing yards]);
NSLog(@"Feet %f", [distanceAndBearing feet]);

// Results for Initial and Final Bearing
NSLog(@"Initial Bearing %f", [distanceAndBearing initialBearing]);
NSLog(@"Final Bearing %f", [distanceAndBearing finalBearing]);

TODO:

  • Add option to use Equirectangular approximation distance formula
  • Unit test

Contact

Steve Foster @flightblog

License

The MIT License (MIT)
Copyright © 2013 Steve Foster [email protected]

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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Latest podspec

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