Google is slowly trying to capture the massive India transportation network under its belly through Google Transit. Google recently launched its Google Transit service for Mumbaikars in association with BEST buses and Mumbai local trains. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and now Mumbai will enjoy the services. We all know how cumbersome is travelling in metro cities but Mumbai does it best in serving its travelers daily. In this mission BEST and the highest passenger density in the world, Mumbai local trains are serving their customers day and night. And this could be a one of the reasons why Google has partnered with them and trying to make the commuting part bit easy.
How does it work?
We played with Transit and tried to find how Mumbaikars will enjoy their ride. We thought of planning a short trip from Andheri West to Bandra West departing at 19.00 today. We got 3 suggested routes and we picked the one that involved less change of services and was quick.
Search to get directions is simple and easy. ‘A’ and ‘B’ boxes need to be filled with your source and destination details. In our case ‘A’ is Andheri West and ’B’ is Bandra West. You can specify your departure and arrival details with the date and time. Transit allows you to plan your trip with couple of choices like travelling for today, tomorrow and any other future day. The search also provides some additional options like the mode of transport and how do you plan to save time in your journey such as Best Route, Fewer Transfers and Less Walking.
|SEARCH UR DIRECTIONS|
Suggested Routes are the possible routes that Transit fetches for you. Routes have the approximate time displayed for your journey that you can keep in mind while selecting your route.
|FIND UR ROUTE|
Route Direction is a graphical representation that tells you how the distance would be covered and if there are any transport changes. This helps the user to make a better decision in addition to location details on the map.
The Map displays the exact journey route that you want to choose for your journey.
What benefit will it be for Mumbaikars?
Mumbaikars depend extensively on transportation via BEST buses and local trains, so this is a great feature to be used. It’s definitely going to save time and make your problems little less. Though we are thinking what about people who are using feature phones and not smart phones?
Secondly what is Google or the Transportation Department doing to educate the masses about the benefits of Google Transit?
How many times have you planned your journey via Google Transit? We haven’t tried yet but we plan to.