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#Rethinking Public Transport Journey Planning with Smart Routing

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AVOID DELAYS & TRAVEL THE SMART WAY

WITH REAL TIME INFORMATION SMART ROUTING WILL EASE THE PAIN OF PLANNING JOURNEYS ON THE BUS, TRAM OR TRAIN

Apple users:

Are you tired of Apps letting you down when trains are cancelled or buses delayed; want up to the minute information on all your public transport needs? Then Smart Routing is the App for you.

Digital Birmingham is taking part in an 18-month Innovate UK research project that is pushing innovation in the way we plan, monitor and design public transport journeys. The project explores how Smartphones can act as a means of sharing transport data in an efficient and timely way, what the data privacy challenges are, and how the smartphone can deliver more effective means of travel personalisation.

Capitalising on advances in the study of Big Data, the information will allow citizens and businesses to be able to design and develop real time, personalised and ubiquitous public transport service routes. It also aims to help local authority decision makers in the long-term planning of transport in urban areas.

Smart Routing is putting those innovations into practice in Birmingham, by launching a user trial for Apple smartphone users, ahead of its launch in the App Store next month, which we hope results in you thinking differently about your public transport needs and how you plan your journey routes.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS APP?

  • Smart Routing mobile application is based on Commuter, an intelligent application for planning and monitoring your public transport journeys across the UK
  • Plan and generate real-time route itineraries for journeys, allowing you to compare options. Itineraries are detailed with maps, travel warnings and disruption impacts.
  • Your planned itinerary is displayed within the context of other real-time departing services allowing you to alter your plan as you travel.
  • An intelligent helper which gets to know your commute and travel behaviours to help plan journeys in in advance.
  • Providing UK wide public transport journey planning.

Smart Routing will predict and prompt your public transport needs by displaying live route alternatives. It does this by monitoring your movement and collecting information about your travel on your device. This information never leaves your device, and is securely locked within your iPhone or iPad. Smart Routing does not share your personal information with any system or any other App thus providing more innovative travel options without using up your data allowance and taking away the need for GPS.


To take part in the Smart Routing User Trials, you will need:
AN APPLE DEVICE
The Smart Routing App requires a compatible Apple device running iOS 9.3 or higher.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT USER
Be familiar with and use any mode of public transport (bus, train or tram).
BE AN INNOVATOR
Willing to download, install and use the Smart Routing App during the user trial period.
Provide your consent to take part in the study
Complete a short questionnaire for your feedback on use of the App.

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