Earlier this month, a new responsive bus was trialled in London. Its route was based on data analysis evaluating existing connections and commuter demand.
Transport app developed, Citymapper, unveiled the Smartbus earlier in the month. It was on the road for a two-day trial, following a circuit route in the city centre that circled Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges. The route was selected as it was deemed as being underserviced.
The trial represented the first stage of an ongoing project in which Citymapper is attempting to create responsive buses.
Citymapper commented that "if we're going to solve urgent problems of congestion and infrastructure, we need buses to improve...in the era of smartphones we can have responsive buses that react to real-time needs."
The bus comes in two sizes: a standard longer bus, and a smaller vehicle akin to a minibus. Citymapper believes that this smaller size is necessary in crowded cities and is more likely to suit a responsive or on-demand service.
The Smartbus was launched with the full co-operation of Transport for London (TfL), the city's public transport authority. Since 2010, TfL has been making transport data available to developers.
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