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This article was published on June 5, 2013


    Crowd-sourced navigation service Moovit blasts past 1m user mark

    Crowd-sourced navigation service Moovit blasts past 1m user mark
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    Moovit, an app for finding your way home on public transport in the least busy (and therefore least painful) way possible, now has more than one million users around the world.

    As well as bundling real-time public transport info alongside the ability for Moovit users to suggest ways to improve the route results, the app collects and shares crowd-sourced data with the user community in real-time simply by keeping it open while you travel around.

    Launched in beta in 2012, Moovit now has over one million members using the service in the more than 40 cities that it is already available, which include the whole of the UK, parts of the US (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York-New Jersey, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC-Baltimore) and Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver).

    Of those one million members, more than half of them joined in the last four months, Moovit said.

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    Some parts of Europe can also use the service but whole countries don’t tend to be covered, for example, you can use it in Spain, but only in Madrid or Barcelona, and you can use it in Italy as long as you’re in Rome, Milan or Turin. However, if you’re in Israel or the Netherlands, you should be fine to roam around the country to your heart’s content.

    “Across the over 40 markets we operate in, we’ve seen over and over again that the number one frustration facing passengers is uncertainty about their trip. When will the bus arrive? What’s the best route right now?” Nir Erez, Moovit CEO, said. “We can’t make the bus get there faster. But by creating the best single source of real-time transit available, Moovit can make the trip a more pleasant one.”

    The announcement of its one millionth member milestone follows hotly on the heels of a deal it signed with Vodafone Spain at the end of May which the operator undertook as part of its commitment to providing customers with new social services from partners, it said at the time.

    The app is available to download now for free on Android or iOS.

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