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BMTC live tracking app ‘in 3-4 days’

By Saumyangi Yadav

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In 2023, Bengalureans will be able to track the live status of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses with their smartphones at any time. The long-awaited official mobile app will be released for both Android and iOS phones in the next week.

On Thursday, BMTC briefly launched the app on Google Playstore for a mandatory test run.

“We do not release it to the public, but only for the test that Google requires. Currently around 3000 buses are available for live tracking on the app, but we are adding more buses and will launch them in about three to four days,” AV Surya Sen, director of BMTC (TI), told Bangalore Mirror.

With a few more additions, the app will be ready for public use and will be released on all platforms for download.

“There are some deposits that have not yet been added for live tracking. In case we release it without these updates, people living in these areas will complain that the app is useless to them. We want it to be complete and add the status of as many buses as possible before launching it,” the official added.

The iOS and Android versions of the ‘Nimbus’ app were scheduled to be released in the second half of December. The app has various features like SOS to help especially female passengers. Passengers will also be able to share their trip details with their contacts via SMS.

The absence of a live tracking facility for BMTC buses has been one of the main complaints made by commuters so far. However, the launch of this app is expected to invite more regular travelers.

“I regularly take the bus to my university because it is cheaper and somewhat convenient. However, one of the biggest setbacks, especially when taking routes I’m not familiar with, is that there is no way to know the status of the buses and their estimated time of arrival (estimated time of arrival). Even on known routes, sometimes I have to wait more than 40 minutes,” he said. Navnit Guptaa regular user of the bus.

“Bus rides would be more convenient with the app, especially for students and office goers in a hurry. Currently, I use the Moovit app to identify bus routes and numbers, but it doesn’t give the correct ETA; just approximate bus times which are often incorrect. I think the BMTC app is much needed, especially with the growing popularity of BMTC buses among young people and working professionals,” he said. amit kanother traveler.

The iOS and Android versions of the ‘Nimbus’ app were scheduled to be released in the second half of December. The app has various features like SOS to help especially female passengers. Passengers will also be able to share their trip details with their contacts via SMS.

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The absence of a live tracking facility for BMTC buses has been one of the main complaints made by commuters so far. However, the launch of this app is expected to invite more regular travelers.

“I regularly take the bus to my university because it is cheaper and somewhat convenient. However, one of the biggest setbacks, especially when taking routes I’m not familiar with, is that there is no way to know the status of the buses and their estimated time of arrival (ETA). Even on the known routes, sometimes I have to wait more than 40 minutes,” said Navnit Gupta, a regular bus user.

“Bus rides would be more convenient with the app, especially for students and office goers in a hurry. Currently, I use the Moovit app to identify bus routes and numbers, but it doesn’t give the correct ETA; just approximate bus times which are often incorrect.

I think the BMTC app is much needed, especially with the growing popularity of BMTC buses among young people and working professionals,” said Amit K, another commuter.

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