Journey planner app developer Citymapper has launched a new smart London bus service.
The new vehicles will be more like mini-buses which will allow it to be more agile than larger, more conventional ones. It will take passengers on a short circular route between Blackfriars and Waterloo, near Citymapper’s headquarters.
Citymapper said it was reinventing the use and analysis of transport data to make buses run more efficiently.
It said existing buses use old systems and inefficient technology.
“When we studied the existing public transit routes, we realised that they don’t always serve people best, nor evolve quickly enough to accommodate changes in the city,” it said.
“We’ve tried to keep things simple. We’ve added a smart display that tells you where you are and what’s coming next. We have USB charging for smartphones.”
In addition, it said the bus had tracking software for real time integration with the app, passenger counting, and a driver app.
The developer attributed its ability to deliver the service to TfL’s (Transport for London) ‘forward thinking’ nature by releasing public transport data.
TfL’s director of transport innovation Michael Hurwitz said: “We work closely with technology companies around the world to support innovation that could improve transport in London. We are very much open to new ideas and are actively engaging tech companies and innovators on some of the challenges facing the city. Citymapper have some very interesting ideas and we’re in discussion with them about how they might work in London.”
The new service will start this week.