Moovit Goes Fourth! New Version Offers Personalised Features

New functions allow for quicker and more spontaneous journey planning

Volvo B7TL First Greater Manchester, YJ51 RDV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Any fool could be in Delph in less than an hour (Once again with apologies to John Ruskin). Moovit 4.0 allows for personalised features, which is great if you fancy a trip to the Albion Farm Shop on this fellow seen above. Or if you wish to call in The White Lion for a quick pint and wonder when the next or last 350 to Ashton will arrive.

Two months after the initial release of its Manchester app, Moovit’s fourth version launches today. Designed for Android devices, it improves upon its predecessors thanks to new personalisation features. With a smartphone or digital tablet, its users can plan their trip anywhere, anytime in just a few taps.

The newest version of its global, crowd-powered mobility platform includes a suite of new En Route and personalisation controls with a new-look user interface. Riders will be encouraged to share and receive live community reports about the latest delays or other changes affecting bus, train or tram routes.

Today, the Moovit community of more than 20 million riders can plan their transport (and lives) even better in over 600 cities, in 55 countries, in 36 languages, with UK users hitting over 800,000 since its introduction just one year ago.

Moovit 4.0 is designed with every public transport user in mind including the experienced transit rider who needs the right facts to help guide a journey, plus the more novice transit rider or tourist who may need more handholding to make the trip seamless and stress-free. In either scenario, the journey begins with the home screen: Moovit’s new OmniSearch bar allows users to search for any place, address or destination for quick and easy trip planning.

The Near Me feature allows you to locate yourself on the map, find nearby stations and view next arrival times. En Route features accompany you all the way to your destination, allowing you to track your progress on the map, see your estimated arrival time, and get alerted when it’s time to get off so you never miss your stop again. If you’re a complete pro, the Favourites feature allows you to simply tap on your favourites to get instant trip planning to your favourite places, and next arrival times for your most frequented routes. Leveraging the power of the community, users get notifications about conditions in real time including  station and vehicle crowdedness, cleanliness, live events, and even incidents.

“When you work hard enough to build and deliver a product that people want around the world, you owe it to them to deliver updates that meet their needs and beyond,” said Alex Torres, vice president of global product marketing for Moovit. “Whether you’re travelling in Sydney or San Francisco, London or Manchester, the user experience of taking public transport is all about discovery and timing. We redesigned the app from the bottom up with the transport rider in mind, so people can see exactly the information they need, precisely at the moment they need it.”

New Moovit 4.0 features include:

Simplified Design and Improved Usability: Moovit 4.0 is optimised for riders on-the-go.  Rebuilt from the ground up with community feedback, riders spend less time screen-tapping, so they can smoothly reach their destination faster;

The Power of OmniSearch: the one-stop search box for any destination. Type a local address to find the best journey options to your destination. Or search for any bus, rail or tram route in Greater Manchester to see everywhere it can take you;

Real-Time Notifications: With a single tap,  the new En Route feature provides real-time estimated times of arrival to your destination and notifications about when to disembark;

Live User Reports: Helping other riders has never been this easy. Improved User Reporting functions let riders share service updates including bus/rail/tram route changes, the state of bus stops, tram stops or railway stations, incidents, and other circumstances that can affect everyone’s trips;

Offline Support: Temporarily lost internet connection? No problem. Moovit stores any planned trip, including all of its directions and line information, maps and schedules for easy offline access when you need it;

“Building a world-class product means understanding your users worldwide; learning and negotiating cultural nuances, worldwide; adapting to and assimilating different infrastructures, worldwide; in languages you don’t even speak,” said Nir Erez, CEO of Moovit. “Moovit 4.0 was only made possible by the combined, dedicated efforts of our incredible community on the ground, in over 55 countries, and our partners around the world who share our vision and help us make our product better, daily. On behalf of the Moovit team, I offer you a heartfelt thank you.”

Never closed for renovation, Moovit continued to launch over 100 new cities in 2015, since work on Moovit 4.0 began; it now supports over 600 cities in 55 countries.

The company also recently raised $50M dollars in Series-C funding to further expand international operations in key markets and has opened its Global Marketing HQ in San Francisco. Moovit 4.0 for iOS is expected to launch later in 2015.

The Moovit app is available to download free of charge, for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile devices. You can go to moovitapp.com, or you can visit the Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Phone App Marketplace.

S.V., 19 April 2015.

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