Jul 28, 2011

Google Gets Bus and Tube
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | Travel

Via Scoop.itTravelled

The feature, which launches today, uses Google’s existing maps software. However, users are now shown a bus icon which, when clicked, shows them a list of different options using public transport. “We’ll give you not only exactly what bus you need, and when it’s due to arrive, but also walking directions at either end,” said Parsons. If used on a mobile phone running Google’s Android software, the software can even give you alerts when you reach your stop on the bus. “Because the phone knows where it is, if you’re on the bus listening to music on your phone, we can even interrupt the music to tell you when you need to get off,” said Mr Parsons. “We get a feed from TfL frequently, so we can take problems into account, such as the current Circle line changes.” Google is also working with TfL to get access to its ‘countdown’ boards, which use GPS onboard buses to track them. Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Director for Digital London said: “London is a fantastic hub for global innovation and is leading the way in the information revolution across Europe. Google Maps is a brilliant example of how freeing data can help Londoners and visitors explore the city.
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