App makes transport easier

An Australian made app which plans the fastest, cheapest route to a destination is thriving

App makes transport easier
App makes transport easier
By Amie Hickland | September 6, 2013

An Australian app designed to find the fastest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly routes is quickly gaining popularity.

TripGo was launched last year and has so far attracted almost 250,000 users.

Algorithms Developer Adrian Schoenig says the app provides directions across public and private transport and compares them based on time, price and carbon emissions.

Originally it only worked in Sydney but they have since expanded it to all major Australian cities as well as to some cities in New Zealand, Canada, the US and Europe.

"Late last year we've added real-time data for Sydney which our users are loving and which gave us a big boost in uptake," says Schoenig.

Their goal is to make comparing transport options easy and to show users alternatives that they wouldn't have thought of - such as taking the car or a taxi to a train station and then public transport from there, according to Schoenig.

"There's nothing quite like it on the market and we are continuing to make it even more useful be making TripGo available in more regions as well as extending it to more transport modes such a bike sharing or shuttle buses."

In Australia, the app covers up to 50 bus providers in the Greater Sydney region, as well as the main bus networks in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Schoenig says they are looking forward to getting inter-city and regional services, and they have received a large amount of feedback from users which has helped with continuing development.

"We've received lots of positive feedback from people who use TripGo to easily find their way around.

"It is very popular with tourists and people going to places where they don't know there way around," he says.

The app is available for iPhone and Android.

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