Google Brings Pigeon Smartphone App to Five New US Cities, Letting Users Post Information About Subway Delays
- Launched in 2018, Pigeon collects user reports on subways and buses
- The app was limited to New York during its first year of operation
- It now covers Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC
Google today announced the expansion of the service area of ââits Pigeon transit monitoring app.
The app originally launched last year and was limited to New York City, but as of today it will be usable in five new US cities: Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington. DC.
Originally developed through Google’s Area 120 incubator, Pigeon allows users to download short text-based reports on delays, accidents, or unexpected service outages on public transport.
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The Pigeon iOS app launched in New York in 2018, giving users the option to post updates to the transit service
Users can also upload photos of issues that could affect the operation of a particular train or bus line, according to a 9 to 5 Google report.
User messages are displayed on a city map at the specific part of the metro or bus line from which they were posted.
Alternatively, users can scroll through all posts on a particular train or bus line in a newsfeed style view.
Users can also sign up to receive alert notifications for the metro or bus lines they use most often.
The app is currently only available on iOS. Android users can sign up for a waitlist to be alerted when they are ready for Google’s mobile operating system.
Pigeon relies on user posts on metro and bus services to calculate more accurate journey times
Users can scroll through all posts on a particular subway line in a newsfeed style view
Pigeon users can also receive notifications updating them on which metro lines they might use most often.
Starting today, Pigeon will expand its services to five new cities: San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC
WHAT IS PIGEON?
Pigeon is an iOS app that was developed by Google software engineer Laura Rokita.
It allows users to post updates and photos on the service in public transport.
The app was launched in New York in 2018.
Starting today, it will also cover San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston.
An Android version is currently in development.
The application is free.
The idea for the app originally came from Google software engineer Laura Rokita when she got stuck on a subway platform during an unannounced train delay.
“What could I do with my time during the 15 minutes I was here?” She wondered.
“Why couldn’t I easily alert the other runners, so they could avoid the same fate?” “
After its first year of availability in New York, Pigeon released a report collecting information about New York’s public transportation based on user data collected in its first year.
The F train had the most reports of rush hour delays and the most negative messages overall, earning it the distinction of “the crankiest subway line”.
Train A had the most congestion reports, while train 1 had the highest number of cleanliness complaints.
The hottest subway station in New York, at least according to Pigeon’s complaints, was Union Square Station.