Centro to trial multi-modal transport app

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Centro is asking West Midlands public transport users to sign up to a trial a new app.

MyJrny is a collaboration between Centro and Stratford-upon-Avon technology company Enable ID, which aims to allow people to develop their own unique journey plans.

The app combines scheduled journey timetables with real-time network information, helping people to avoid disruption and over-crowding and alerting them to cancellations.

The app covers all modes of public transport as well as walking, cycling and driving, providing personalised travel advice before people set out as well as while they are on-route.

Chris Thompson of Enable ID said: “Unlike existing route and journey apps, MyJrny provides much more specific information for individual journeys and can actually predict what you might need to know, as it can pull in information from things like your phone’s diary.

“As well as sources such as the Highways Agency and National Rail, the app also draws on sensors in and around public spaces used to detect footfall in places such as bus and railway stations, air quality and even noise pollution.

“It interprets people’s data, reason for travelling and transport requirements to save them time, money and improve their overall travel experience.”

The app is based on Hub-of-All-Things (HAT) technology, the result of a £1.2m research project led by Warwick University. It is being trialled in Birmingham and Singapore.

Chris Perry, Director of Integrated Mobility for Centro, said: “We are very excited about this app because it offers the user a comprehensive package of information that is unique to them.

“It means public transport users can instantly access the information they need to make their journey, whether it’s to notify you of information such as cancelled trains before you set off or picking the kids up from school.

“We think people who sign up to the trial are going to be very impressed and with their help we can fine tune it into a product that will be a real boon to anyone using public transport.”

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.