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Citymapper launches trials of demand-responsive bus

Wed 10 May 2017 | Back to news list | More bus news

Citymapper, innovators of the journey planner app, has announced that it is launching a demand-responsive bus service in London, with the support of Transport for London.
Citymapper says that the buses, which will be liveried in trademark green, will integrate with its app and will enable smart software to "learn a lot about how people are moving around." The company says that in the era of smartphones it will be possible to have demand-responsive buses that react to people's real-time travel needs.
Citymapper says (reported by LTT) that "existing public transit routes don't always serve people best, nor evolve quickly enough to accommodate changes in the city". 
The CMX1 bus service will initially operate on a 'circulator' route around Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge. The route is currently fixed and free for users. The idea is that operating the service will help the company to build better software for buses.
The CMX1 buses have a smart display that tells passengers where they are and what’s coming next. They also have USB charging for smartphones and its data will be open and available to other apps.

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