New apps for multi-modal route planning coming end-2016

New apps for multi-modal route planning coming end-2016

The apps will help commuters pick the best multi-modal public transport routes using all available options, such as trains, buses, walking, cycling and using personal mobility devices, said LTA.

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is collaborating with four technology companies to develop or enhance journey planning apps for commuters, it announced on Thursday (Jun 2).

The new or enhanced apps will be released starting from end-2016, LTA said in a statement, adding that the apps will help commuters pick the best multi-modal public transport routes using all available options, such as trains, buses, walking, cycling and using personal mobility devices.

Transport app developer Citymapper and Hugo, tech giant Google, and Singapore-based mobility intelligence Quantum Inventions are the four companies LTA is partnering with to develop the apps.

As part of the two-year collaboration, the selected companies will get access to anonymised land transport data from the LTA to create or enhance journey planners. In return, the companies are expected to share the data and insights gained from the use of the journey planners, with the aim of improving the land transport network.

This announcement comes after the authority issued a Call-for-Collaboration in October last year to partner with developers to either create new journey planners, or enhance existing ones. "Many of the proposals received offered unique value propositions that would enrich the digital ecosystem for land transport, and were evaluated based on three broad categories – product capability, innovativeness, as well as market reach and branding," said LTA.

Added Mr Chew Men Leong, LTA Chief Executive: “As we continue to expand our public transport network, and provide more sheltered walkways and more extensive cycling path networks, commuters will benefit from using better journey planners that can help them take advantage of the various mobility options available to reach their destinations efficiently and comfortably. Hence, we are working with industry players to provide more and better options to serve the needs of our commuters."

"This is in line with the Government’s efforts to promote walking, cycling and riding public transport as a way of life in Singapore, as well as the Smart Nation initiative to co-create better solutions with businesses and citizens.”

Source: CNA/av

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