Centro trials journey planning app

Public transport users in the West Midlands are being asked to sign up to a trial of a new app which the region’s transport authority, Centro is involved in developing. The MyJrny app is a collaboration between Centro and Stratford-upon-Avon technology company, Enable ID, which will allow people to develop their own unique journey plans. The app combines scheduled journey timetables with real time network information, helping people avoid disruption and overcrowding, as well as alerting them to cancellations. It covers all modes of public transport as well as walking, cycling and driving.

The app is based on Hub-of-All-Things (HAT) technology, the result of a £1.2m research project led by Warwick University, which is being trialled in Birmingham and Singapore. Chris Thompson of Enable ID said, ‘Unlike existing route and journey apps, it has much more specific information for your journey and can actually predict what you might need to know as it can pull in information from things like your phone’s diary. As well as sources such as the Highways Agency and National Rail it also draws on sensors in and around public spaces used to detect footfall in places such as bus and train stations, air quality and even noise pollution. It interprets people’s data, reason for travelling and transport requirements to save them time, money and improve their overall travel experience.’

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