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24.6.14

TECHNO-BUSES * UK

* England - London buses are about to get smarter

London,EN,UK -Tech Digest, by James O'Malley -June 23, 2014: -- Transport for London (TfL) is currently testing a couple of new techie innovations in buses: live maps to show you where you are, and impressively/terrifyingly, a display showing how many seats are free upstairs... TfL seem to be working on making the bus experience (marginally) better. According to IanVisits, a couple of clever innovations is on the way... Firstly, buses could soon be getting screens mounted at the bottom of the stairs that show a map and the real time location of the bus. Using data from Open Street Map, it'll also display the names and locations of the next few stops, and how long it will take for the bus to get there... Not only will this be great for tourists, but it should reduce the feeling for seasoned Londoners visiting an unfamiliar part of the city of going on a mystery tour... The other innovation is both clever and potentially disturbing: These same screens could soon apparently be showing the number of free seats on the upper deck, to save you the trip up top if it is full...

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