Google brings the Duif smartphone app to five new cities in the US, allowing users to post messages about delays in the metro
- Pigeon was launched in 2018 and collects user reports on metro's and buses
- The app was limited to New York during the first year of operation
- It now includes Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC
Google announced today that it is extending the service area for its Pigeon app for public transportation control.
The app was originally launched last year and was limited to New York only, but from today it can be used in five new American cities: Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Originally developed via the Area 120 incubator from Google, Pigeon lets users upload short text reports about delays, accidents or unexpected disruptions in public transport.
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The Pigeon iOS app was launched in New York in 2018 and offers users the option of posting updates about the public transport service
Users can also upload photos of problems that may affect the operation of a particular train or bus line, according to a report from 9 to 5 Google.
The user posts are displayed on a city map in the specific part of the metro or bus line from which they were posted.
Alternatively, users can scroll through all messages on a particular train or bus line in a newsfeed-like view.
Users can also sign up for alert notifications for metro or bus lines that they use the most.
The app is currently only available on iOS. Android users can sign up for a waiting list to be notified when it is ready for Google's own mobile operating system.
Duif relies on messages from users about metro and bus services to calculate travel times more accurately
Users can scroll through all messages on a specific metro line in a newsfeed-like view
Pigeon users can also receive notifications about updates to metro lines that they use the most
Starting today, Pigeon will expand its services to five new cities: San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC
WHAT IS PIGEON?
Pigeon is an app for iOS developed by software engineer Laura Rokita of Google.
This allows users to publish updates and photos about the service on public transportation.
The app was launched in New York in 2018.
From today it will also cover San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston.
An Android version is currently under development.
The app is free.
The idea for the app originally came from Google software engineer Laura Rokita when she was stuck on a metro network during an unannounced train delay.
& # 39; What could I do with my time in the 15 minutes that I am here? & # 39; she wondered for themselves.
"Why can't I easily warn other drivers so they can avoid the same fate?"
After the first year of availability in New York, Pigeon published a report with insights about public transportation in New York based on user data collected from the first year.
The F-train had the most delay reports and the highest number of negative posts, and thus earned the distinction of "The Grumpiest Subway Line."
The A train had the most reports of crowds, while the 1 train had the largest number of complaints about cleanliness.
The hottest subway station in New York, at least due to complaints from pigeon heat, was Union Square Station.
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