Travelling in a foreign city, taking the first bus or tram on your way, and being navigated right to your destination via the public transport network by your own smartphone is a reality for some time now! The idea behind this innovation is a public transport navigation system through passengers’ mobile phones. Passengers have the opportunity to act just like using their car navigators.
Once they enter their destination, they have the freedom to get on and off any public transport means, whenever and wherever they want to, without losing their direction. The navigator will always point the chosen destination. Passengers no longer have to rely on printed maps. Many applications of the sort have been designed so far. Google Maps and Transit for iOS have already a few among these features and are used by millions of smartphone owners. However, some of them have no detailed maps, others require a specific address to function or do not show alternative options. The amount of information usually makes the interface complicated enough for the user to bother. Applications like Navigon on the other hand, however accurate and easy to use, they are still veeery expensive! Travel aficionados around the world look forward to using updated versions of these apps; Applications that will anticipate any kind of delays or construction works and will not disorient you.
Making spontaneous detours and your mobile device still guiding you through the public transport network. Having hot spot suggestions close to metro or bus stations, apart from the advertised places. Despite the seemingly small -in terms of technology -innovation, it will provide a whole different perspective on the tourism industry. Excursions and trips do not have to be organised in advance. New spots of interest will arise and cities with organised public transport network will almost certainly attract more tourists. More travelers to be exact! All us suffering from wanderlust will have to wait a little longer until these tools can reach their full potential.