By Ami Cholia
Posting in Cities
Google announces real-time public transport updates, and delay notifications for Google Maps and the Android.
One of the worst things about taking public transportation, is not knowing when the next train or bus is going to arrive. To alleviate some of your transportation woes -- Google, today, announced real-time public transport updates, and delay notifications for Google Maps and the Android. The feature kicks off in six cities -- San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Portland, Oregon, Madrid and Turin -- though the aim is to eventually expand to other places.
In the trial cities, users can click on public transit stations and get estimated arrival times, and service alerts specific to that stop.
Google is getting into transportation in a big way. The company recently added a feature to Google Maps to help cars avoid traffic jams, and it's only a matter of time before its driverless car will be sitting next to you at the red light.
Jun 9, 2011
...as there are few things more frustrating about public transit than missing a train, and then having to wait 20 to 40 minutes or more for the next one. In fact, it's a shame that it takes Google to solve these problems that the transit agencies themselves should have figured out years ago.
in Honolulu, the buses have GPS devices and there is a site where you can find out when the next buses are arriving.
This is also true of Rutgers University; see http://www.nextbus.com/predictor/stopSelector.jsp?a=rutgers (Note that since it is summer session and since buses are seasonal, the "weekend" buses are running on weekdays instead of the "weekday" buses.)