Moovit

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Moovit
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Developer(s) Tranzmate
Stable release 3.3.3 (iOS)
3.3.2.71 (Android)
Operating system Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Type GPS navigation software
License Software and Maps: Proprietary
Website http://moovitapp.com

Moovit is a free mobile GPS application for public transport information and navigation, developed by the Israeli start-up Tranzmate. It currently supports mobile phones iOS[1] and Android.[2]

Overview[edit]

Moovit offers real-time public transit information and GPS navigation across transit modes, including buses, trolleybuses, trams and trains, rapid transit (metro/subways/undergrounds etc.) and ferries. Users can access a live map and view nearby stops and stations based on their current GPS location, as well as plan trips across transportation modes based on real-time data.[3] The application differs from traditional public transit information as it is a community-driven application that integrates static public transit data from transit operators with real-time data collected from users via crowdsourcing.[4] By riding with the application open, users passively and anonymously transmit their speed and location data to Moovit. Moovit then integrates this crowdsourced data with public transit schedules to improve trip plan results based on current conditions, and share this data with the user community.[5]

In addition to passively sharing data, users can actively send reports including reasons for delays, overcrowding, satisfaction with the bus driver, and wifi availability.[6]

Moovit is available across more than 350 cities around the world[7] including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Mexico D.F., Sydney, Toronto, Istanbul, Cape Town and Tel Aviv. The app is free for iPhone and Android. As of June 2014, the app had 6.5 million users.[8]

Moovit uses OpenStreetMap maps, a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world based on the Open Database License.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Moovit has received several awards including: 1. MTA App Quest 2013 Popular Choice Award.[9] 2. Best App at the Smart Cities Expo World Conference 2013.[10] 3. One of the top ten Most Promising Start Ups in Israel by Ernst and Young.[11]

Company[edit]

Moovit was founded in 2011 in Israel by Nir Erez, Roy Bick, and Yaron Evron.[12] The company was originally called Tranzmate Ltd. Uri Levine, Founder and President of Waze, is a board member.[13] In 2011 the company raised $3.5 million in its first round of funding from Gemini Israel Funds and BRM Capital.[14] In Q2 of 2012 the company launched Beta, and by Q4 launched worldwide. In 2013 Moovit received Venture-capital backing of $28 million from Sequoia Capital, BRM Group, Gemini Israel Funds.[15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moovit public transport social navigation". iTunes Preview. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Moovit public transport GPS". Google Play. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  3. ^ Kim, Ryan (2012-12-28). "Transit App Moovit Takes a Page from Waze's Crowdsourcing Playbook". GigaOm.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Moovit Powers Public Transit App with the Wisdom of the Crowd". AllThingsD.com. 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ Purdy, Kevin (2012-12-28). "Moovit wants to fix your nightmare commute". FastCompany.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  6. ^ Velazco, Chris (2012-12-20). "Social Transit App Moovit Launches in New York City Just in Time to Help All Those Hapless Tourists". TechCrunch.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  7. ^ Dickey, Megan Rose (2014-06-09). "Lyft Just Made It Even Easier To Get A Ride When Public Transportation Screws You Over". Business Insider. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  8. ^ "Lyft Partners With Moovit As Car-Sharing Battle Continues". Forbes. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  9. ^ http://2013mtaappquest.challengepost.com/submissions/16860-moovit
  10. ^ http://opencities.net/challenges
  11. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/moovit-named-one-of-israels-top-ten-most-promising-startups-of-2013-2014-228175921.html
  12. ^ "The Team". Moovitapp.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  13. ^ Kim, Ryan (2012-12-28). "Transit App Moovit Takes a Page from Waze's Crowdsourcing Playbook". GigaOm.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Public transport trip planning co Tranzmate raises $3.5m". Globes. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  15. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/moovit-raises-28m-from-sequoia-and-others-to-be-the-waze-for-crowdsourced-public-transit-data/