Feeds

Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

Chocolate Factory not fooled by Bayswater-to-Queensway Tube jape

Boost IT visibility and business value

Google Maps' UK edition now incorporates data on every train, bus, tram and ferry across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Chocolate Factory is using Traveline's data to power its service, so now has access to the schedules of 1,500 operators, 1,700 routes and 330,000 bus stops, train stations and other transport hubs. Traveline's taken to mainstream media to praise Google for presenting its data as never before, and minister of state for transport Baroness Kramer is also saying nice things about Google's arrival on every bus, train and ferry across the sceptred isles.

Vulture South took the service for a spin for a hypothetical journey between Bayswater and Queensway, two London Tube stations separated by about 300 metres of easy walking or a rather longer train journey requiring one change. The service would have none of our intention to go by rail and instead routed us by foot.

We next tried a longer journey: Bletchley Park Museum to the MI6 headquarters in the London suburb of Lambeth. We can report the software combined rail and bus travel into what looks like a non-silly journey – with walking instructions to and from the stations.

Kantar World Panel data suggests that as of March 2014 56.2 per cent of UK mobile devices ran Android, so Google has a very good chance of becoming a very significant provider of transport information. If that outcome eventuates, the business location Google bakes into Maps also become more valuable, driving yet more businesses to feed Google data.

Some could even do the near-unthinkable: make a serious effort on Google+, an event that happens about as often as the trains Google now tracks running on time. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy
Even Moore's Law can't help the architects of statism now
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives
Department of Transportation starts cogs turning for another wireless comms standard
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI
Read the paperwork very carefully - or fall victim to marketing shysters
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.