Moovit across London with new app

Sorry, no compatible source and playback technology were found for this video. Try using another browser like Chrome or download the latest Adobe Flash Player.

Sorry, video is not available for your device…

Moovit across London with new app

Every day, you travel across London with barely a glance at the city, unless you’re crossing Waterloo Bridge at sunset and stop to snap a wobbly Instagram of the skyline saturated in twilight, like every other person who has ever been on that sodding walkway.
As a result, you don’t actually know your way around. Travelling in the capital, you rely on stolen glances at a fellow commuter’s Citymapper or Tube map app or just follow the crowd, assuming that they are going to the same central spot as you are. Occasionally, it works, and you don’t end up late or having a rage blackout as you flail around trying to pick the right exit at Bank.
You could try memorising street names and Tube maps, or you could continue to chew up your iPhone memory adding another London app to your homescreen. Obviously, you pick the latter — and your arsenal is about to expand to include Moovit, a Citymapper rival headed by global VP and Google veteran Alex Torres, who is launching the app today and granted Wake Up London his first television interview discussing his new app.
Moovit has already received a hefty $50 million in funding from Nokia, BMW and US venture capitalist Sequoia; now, the app needs to put its mouth (i.e. interface and functionality) where the money is.
The outlook is promising: Moovit incorporates a journey planner, real-time travel information, including Tube line statuses and bus arrival and departure times, a favourite routes dashboard, narrated navigation (if you like to feel like you have a tour-guide in your pocket) and a live map that shows nearby stops, the lines that run through them and upcoming arrival times. 
On paper, it certainly seems more flexible than Citymapper — an advantage when using the unpredictable and unreliable London transport system.
It started out in January 2013; two years later and it has 15 million users in 500 cities in 45 countries. It’s currently growing by more than a million users per month.
And Torres has the credentials: he worked with Marissa Mayer at Google and was part of the team that launched Google Maps. 
Indeed, several of Moovit’s features (specifically the narrated navigation detail) chime with the Google Maps app. 
It’s also notable that Nokia has invested; following the acquisition by Microsoft of the brand’s mobile-phone-making arm, it has ditched hardware and is rooting around for a new business line. 
If innovative software is the new direction, then the message from on high is that there’s potential in this competitor.
Alex Torres said: 
“In London, over 3.5 million passenger journeys are made on the Tube every day, and over 8,765 buses service the city, It’s better than the sum of all of its parts.
“Inside the app, there’s a community of people who help to improve public transport information: our community is what puts us in front of everyone else. Local transportation is a local issue that needs local attention.”

Related articles

More in Talking points

Nigel Farage urges Ukip unity as he declares: 'We want our...

Farage tells fellow Ukip members to put 'country before party' during the EU referendum campaign

Nigel Farage mocks David Cameron with 'piggy in the middle' jibe

Ukip leader jokes about claims that the PM put his genitals in a dead pig's mouth during an initiation ceremony at Oxford University

Where Scotland is headed as the dust settles from the referendum

The national psyche of Scotland has shifted - but what does this say about the future?