Moovit has announced that it will be integrating its public transit information to Azure Maps, running its public transit data and services APIs on the Microsoft cloud platform.
The company also plans to gradually migrate its other products to Microsoft Azure.
This, it says will enable developers to build richer apps for billions of commuters around the world, while also allowing Microsoft the ability to integrate this public transit data in its first-party applications and services like Cortana, which will be able to provide real-time transit information to a user.
A full array of Information is set to be provided, including include A-to-B trip planning, nearby stations, stops and lines with multimodal options. Detailed and multimodal step-by-step itineraries, service alerts and transit maps are also part of the package.
Tara Prakriya, group program management for Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles, Microsoft commented on this integration:
“Developers and customers alike have been asking for a comprehensive mapping solution that brings together location awareness with public transit data to provide a full picture. By offering location awareness with public transit data on Microsoft Azure Maps, developers not only can create more sophisticated and smarter, real-time location-based apps, but our cloud customers across a variety of industries like automotive, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare will be able to leverage this data to continue to improve how people get around and get access to services globally.”
Moovit is an early pioneer of Mobility as a Service.
The MaaS provide developed a free public transit app that has more than 300 million registered users in over 2,600 cities in 85 countries. It amasses four billion anonymous data points a day to add to the world’s largest repository of transit data.
This crowdsourced data is then combined with public transit schedules to help users find the best bus, train, subway, or metro route.
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