Just noticed this post on the Google Operating System blog.
The latest version of Google Maps for Mobile includes an option that was already available in Google Maps: directions for public transportation. Google’s coverage has been continuously expanded in the past months to many US states, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, important cities from Canada, Italy, France, UK and Australia. Google Maps is one of the applications that is very useful when you are on the go and this new feature is a good alternative to the existing driving directions.
Very cool, slightly frustrating bits at the moment include:
- Its not available for Windows Mobile devices like my HTC TyTnII (Kaiser) yet, I’ll try and be patient!
- I thought about writing an app to do this myself about the time I got my TyTnII using London transport data, unfortunatly TFL don’t make a lot of the required data publically obtainable to construct such a system, hence I gave up rather quickly. Frustrating at the time beacuse of TFL’s limited mobile device support.
Glad to see Google have been thinking this one through, looking forward to seeing how well it works…