Taiwan gets Google’s live transit updates

The China Post
Date: January 11, 2017
By: Christine Chou

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Catching the bus just got a bit easier.

This image shows a display of multiple bus options and live arrival times at the MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station, a bus stop near the iconic skyscraper. (Photo courtesy of Google)

Google Transit, a real-time bus and railway tracking feature in the Google Maps app, officially launched in Taiwan on Tuesday.

Now instead of just seeing bus and metro choices in the Maps app, you can see the bus’s estimated arrival as reported by the transit operator in real time.

Google said the transport information service would provide commuters with nationwide railway data feeds.

In the initial roll-out, the feature will be available for use in five major cities: Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung.

Coming Soon to More Cities Near You

Google said its developers would continue working on adding new transit options and cities for the new feature, with Tainan City among the regions to support Google Transit in the next round.

With the added feature, whenever users type in their place of departure and destination point, the system will run calculations and show them public transport routes and required waiting times.

The company said this tool would help users who rely heavily on public transport to more efficiently plan their trips.    [FULL  STORY]

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