Google Gets Local: Introduces Real Time Information for WBTC Buses in Kolkata

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Earlier this month, Google had announced that Mumbai residents will soon be able to check out the real-time information about the local trains on Google Maps and now they’ve announced a similar feature for Kolkata residents who will be able to check WBTC bus information in real time.

Google collaborated with the West Bengal Transport Corporation to integrate the feature in Google Maps which will allow users to plan their travel more easily.

Using the service, users will be able to get an estimation of their trip’s total duration and will also be automatically updated with a new time in case of a delay.

The service is currently available in key WBTC transit routes, with expansion to all other routes to follow soon.

“So the next time you’re planning a trip between Park Street and Bhowanipore, you can simply type the two locations into Google Maps to get information about which bus to catch and – more importantly – you’ll see when the next bus is actually arriving at your stop,” Google stated.

To use this feature, open Google Maps, enter the destination and tap on ‘get directions’. Then tap on the ‘train’ icon to check out the available buses on the route. All the real-time arrival information is in green.

Tapping on the route will give you more information regarding the stops along the route and all the buses. The location-enabled buses will display their real-time ETA too.

“We are confident that the practical use of this technology will facilitate better trip planning resulting in greater convenience to commuters. We expect this to help increase the footfall in our buses and improve revenue realisation,” said Mr Narayan Swaroop Nigam, IAS, Managing Director, WBTC.

The feature on Google Maps will be available for both Android and iOS users.

Earlier this month, Google rolled out the Street View of the International Space Station (ISS) on Google Maps which will allow users to experience life on the space station which has been active for the past 16 years, located at a distance of 250 miles from the Earth.

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