Google Maps is starting to show, starting this Thursday (27th), an estimate of buses, trains and subways that may be crowded. The Android and iPhone (iOS) app will also show times when buses will pass at stopping points, in addition to displaying real-time traffic and any delay calculations and changes in travel time.
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The news comes to almost 200 cities worldwide. In Brazil, real-time bus monitoring will soon arrive in Braslia, Recife and Salvador. Already the warning that shows if the transport is full appears first to users in Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo the capital of Sao Paulo, according to Google, has three of the 10 busiest transport lines in the world.
Google Maps shows crowded public transport forecast Photo: Divulgao / Google
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The estimated time when the transport is crowded is provided by historical users. The information appears when searching for a public transit route on your mobile phone, in the details field between one station and another. It is possible to know, for example, whether the next train may have a vacant seat.
Data feeding the system began to be collected by Google in October 2018. When leaving a bus, train, or subway trip, some people may have seen an in-app alert asking how the trip went and asking to indicate if the vehicle I had a complete lot. According to Google, the information was analyzed anonymously.
Based on the responses, the company has created a ranking of busier transportation lines. Among the first 10, three are in So Paulo: 11 Coral in second place, 8 Diamond in fourth and 9 Emerald in eighth. Three lines in Buenos Aires, two in Tokyo, one Paris and one New York complete the list.
Real-time bus traffic promises to be useful especially in cities that do not have street information panels with live data from local transport companies. The user will be able to see if the bus arrives late and what is the possible delay time, in addition to any impacts on the travel time.
The map also shows congestion locations similar to the driving route, allowing the user to decide if it is worth going to the bus stop at any given time.
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