Passenger rolls out free watch apps

News stories are free to read. Click here for full access to all the features, articles and archive from only £8.99.

Transport software creator Passenger is enhancing its support for bus operators as lockdown eases by offering its Premium customers free watch apps. The UK-based company is rolling out Android and iOS watch apps as part of its existing Premium packages, which it says offers an average saving of £2,000 per year.

Tom Quay, CEO at Passenger said: “Many bus operators have had to fast-track their digital strategies over the past year to keep up with changing customer needs. Now more than ever, people want a quick, efficient, and safe travel option to get them from A to B – and unfortunately, many believe their car is the best option. We want to help bus operators inspire more people to opt for public transport, and a huge part of this is giving people quick and easy options for journey planning. That’s why we’re extending our Premium apps package license to include free watch apps, making it easy for users to plan their journeys on the move. The National Bus Strategy is crucial for rebuilding confidence and increasing ridership in bus travel, presenting an opportunity to universally reform provisions and reclaim the roads. As an industry, as we drive this forwards, we’re continuing to work closely with bus operators to understand what they need to get customers back on board, and our latest watch app offer is one of the various initiatives we’ve launched in response.”

Passenger’s Premium watch apps will allow users to find their closest stops, look up departures from ‘favourite’ stops, send departure boards to the watch from the app, view a step count or distance to bus stops, and receive notifications when they approach their stop.