Google has attacked the supremely uncool task of referring to a bus timetable. Just like the company did for Mumbai and Delhi, Google has added commuting in Hyderabad and Chennai to it’s Google Maps’ Transit feature. The feature, which provides detailed local bus transit services free of cost to users gives you access to bus routes online via Google Maps.
To access the bus route information, enter your starting location, where you want to go, date, time of travel (normal Google Maps procedure), and Google will rustle up the usual schematics. But there’ll be two options – one for private vehicles and one for public transport such as local rail and bus.
Click on the public transport, and you get precise details on bus routes, bus stops, bus numbers, their timings and a pretty good estimate on the time you’ll need to get there.
There’s even advice on where buses start, and, answering the one question every seasoned bus commuter innately knows, frequency of services.
“The addition of local bus services in Hyderabad to Google India Transit will help millions of commuters and visitors in the city to explore public transportation options as they search for directions or locations, and encourage alternatives to driving,” Kapil Goswami from Google India’s business development said in a blogpost.
For this, Google mapped 446 APSRTC bus routes in Hyderabad.
“The entire data on Hyderabad’s bus services, which are run by APSRTC, was collected and as we go along, we will keep adding various modes of transport like we did in Mumbai and Delhi where transit services of local trains and metro rail are also mapped along with bus services,” the spokesperson explained.
While the service can’t account for real time travel and rush hour, the service does let you access a too to indicate a change in landmarks.
Google began Transit information on Google maps for India mid-2010. Currently, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Ahmedabad have their public transport on it mapped on it. (MensXP.com)