The buses of Citymapper appeared on a route called “the Circulator” that makes a ring in central London.
Started yesterday, the Circulator was at Southwark and passed Blackfriars station, Somerset House, and South Bank.
The bright green buses are free to ride with 30-seat availability, and are fitted with USB charging points and large displays advising commuters on where and when to get off. The app’s data will analyse the real-time transport across the city and keep the driver informed about the number of passenger and traffic using a built-in tablet.
On their official website, they’re explaining their service as,
This has been a long time coming. We’re proud to unveil our biggest kept secret: Project Grasshopper. (…) we’re reinventing the entire software stack for running and operating a bus. We believe smarter buses lead to better mobility and cities.
We built an ultimate tool (codenamed: Simcity) to evaluate routes utilising our demand data and routing. We found we can figure out how to improve existing routes in all of our cities. We can also identify new and better routes.
Citymapper was launched in 2012 by a former Google engineer. The app becomes popular for analysing real-time data released by local government to find the quickest routes for public transportation. Now, the company wants to use the same analytical expertise to offer a better service.
They hope that the collected data will improve the local transportation in the future. So, the smartbuses will be able to provide passengers’ needs.
The Citymapper Smartbus was just a trial for now. Yet, the company need regulator approval to take it full-time.