Is there anything that crowd-sourcing can’t achieve?! We’ve seen scientific advances funded, worldwide social issues tackled, but now, the most unbelievable achievement yet… a bus timetable that is actually accurate??? Say whaaaaat?
A new app out of Israel, named Ototo, relies on a community of ‘Riders’, who allow anonymous location data to be sent from their smartphones whenever they’re travelling via public transport. This data is then collated together and shared with app users to provide a more realistic time frame for their travel. For example, your bus timetable shows that the bus is due in 5 minutes, BUT, another rider on that bus route is showing they are actually more than 5 minutes away – meaning this bus is running late. Once this information is received, Ototo can then suggest a quicker alternative route.
The service currently has 12,000 global ‘riders’ connected to the community, all providing real-time travel data.