The crowdsourced Pigeon local transport app developed for the experimental projects in the Google 120 Zone lab is now being used in five new US cities except New York, including Boston, Chicago, USA.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC Unlike traditional transit applications, which are based on timetables and updates provided by a local transit company, Pigeon pursues a similar approach to Waze, where commuters commute help each other by causing delays Report crowds and other issues.
The result is a transit application that better informs users of unexpected incidents and crowds in real time and better correlate delays. The app also sends alerts to users about power outages or major service changes, as well as personalized alerts sent before commuters leave their home or office so they can schedule delays, detours or delays. weather related incidents.
While the goal of the app is to provide users with better information about public transport, it also strives to build a community within Pigeon.
Similar to Waze, where users create profiles and communicate with friends, Pigeon offers a social component. Users can post comments and pictures not only about delays but also about other transit events. These reports are then shared on the way of a cyclist in a flow of activities.
For example, users may post articles about dirty or dangerous conditions, crowds, or indexing errors, and then share a photo with that information. But some of the messages may be more positive – such as applauding a local artist or attending to a cute dog.
Instead, Pigeon could promote more of this type of social media because, unlike Waze, his users are not at the wheel and can only push a button quickly to share a relationship with the crowd.
Even users who do not want to contribute directly can benefit from application push notifications about delays and unplanned incidents.
The application was developed internally at Google via the internal Area 120 incubator and launched in September 2018 for New York users. (TechCrunch put them online in May 2018, but Google did not share much information at the time.)
Since then, Pigeon has helped its first users cross hundreds of thousands of public transports every month, the company said. In addition, a report is published by NYC Subway Insights detailing some of these findings – such as which lines have the most rush hours or delays, which station was reported as the hottest in the summer, and much more.
The Google app is not the only one looking at public transport from a new angle. Startups like Transit, Moovit, Citymapper, and others are also involved in this area, sometimes with their own crowdsourced components.
Today, Pigeon is live on iOS in these half-dozen US cities, providing transit information for subways, buses, trains, ferries and gondolas.
Android users can sign up for the waiting list to be notified of the availability of Pigeon.
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