In Arrivo releases version 3.0 of its application.
Created by Italian iOS app developer Fabrizio Bartolomucci to remove the complexity of the Roman bus system, the third iteration of the "In Arrivo!" app introduces a number of new developments designed to make use of public transport even easier. Tourists and natives of the Italian capital will now be able to navigate the city using nothing more than their iPhone or iPad.
Said Lead Developer Fabrizio Bartolomucci, "Rome currently operates hundreds of different bus routes which criss-cross the city serving more than 8000 bus stops. Services supplied by ATAC who manage the transit system are quite confusing - particularly to tourists. inArrivo 3.0 is designed to make the whole system easier to understand and use."
"The new English language translation of inArrivo and route-planning functions make inArrivo an indispensable tool for visitors and tourists wishing to make the most of their time in the Eternal City - and avoid getting lost!"
inArrivo not only provides information regarding the lines and timetables for each route direct from ATAC, but then uses GPS location to direct the user to the nearest bus stop even telling them on which side of the road they need to wait.
Users can now create custom travel plans, helping them plot a journey based on their current position and a desired destination; the app then calculates the best route between those two points. All information is drawn directly from the ATAC website, making live arrival and departure times for every bus available at the click of an icon.
Travellers can select any bus stop on a map of Rome to see incoming buses. A quick tap on the icons representing one of the buses gives an accurate indication of how long they have to wait for their particular bus to arrive. "People can now view live bus arrival and departure information about any bus, from any stop, without having to leave their home or refer to a printed timetable," explained Bartolomucci, "No more standing in the rain, or leaving home too early to wait for a bus - inArrivo saves time and effort."
Bus icons move between stops within the inArrivo and are accompanied by sound effects to provide audio notifications of progress along the route towards the user. Use of retina-quality graphics in version 3.0 also make reading information regarding bus and stops easier for the user.
inArrivo 3.0 is compatible with all devices running iOS 4.3 and higher. A live internet connection is required for the application to work and the correct behavior of the Atac web site is necessary for the timetable data to be downloaded although bus stops and route details are available even without. Free WiFi access is available in all McDonalds restaurants for foreign visitors.
In Arrivo! 3.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.
via PR Mac