The Movement

App in the Gap

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Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh | Mar 24, 2016 | in Rate These Prototypes

Covering those tricky interchanges using GPS and other available data. Take the guesswork out of swapping transport modes!  Double Click the picture to see every detail.

edited on Mar 24, 2016 by Katie Walsh

Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

I have a problem when I click this one, it just turns blue!

Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

Ok, the blue has gone now.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 25, 2016

This would be great, keeping you updated every step of the way, and discount on coffee too! I don't think you would need telling that you have caught the bus, unless there is any doubt that you have caught the right bus!

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

I am thinking that it is actually useful to know you have caught the right bus, and going in the right direction... or the right tube train, etc... I have seen a number of people on unfamiliar routes realise at some point 3 or 4 stops later that they are going in the wrong direction and have had to get off and start again! So, I think it would be useful to know that you are on the right bus or train, etc.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 27, 2016

In theory this should direct you onto the right bus or train in the first place so there would be no doubt!

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

I agree hun.good to track your route. so you know there no doubt your going the right way. things always hapene in life so detailed tracking,right bus etc is really helpful I think.

Katie Walsh Mar 28, 2016

yes, I have to agree, knowing you really are on the right bus or train is a feature that really suits the uncertain nature of the nervous traveller using this app!

Neil Kennedy Mar 29, 2016

A discounted coffee during a delay would be great. Also information on how to claim compensation for delays.

Nicky Griffiths Mar 30, 2016

If you are delayed they should give you FREE coffee!!

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kate thacker Mar 26, 2016

I love this idea but ive grown up in a world that makes me so "yes wonderful but I wreckon we wont get it to work,or come to fruition" but I really like this

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

I love it too

Jade Hewlett Mar 26, 2016

This looks very useful. I like how it alerts you of time left of travel so that you have time to think about you're next journey and it's good that it can alert you of delays so you don't have to wait around and can take advantage of the extra time. The discount in the delay would definitely improve the delay and journey as I think I'd be happier if I knew I could make a quick stop for a drink and save a bit of money at the same time.

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

Yes, I think the discount aspect adds a certain quality to the app.

Katie Walsh Mar 28, 2016

Indeed, but I bet really comes into its own when there's a tight connection, (RUN!) or a missed connection - (You are delayed to the point where you will miss your connection - Your options are.....)

Nicky Griffiths Mar 28, 2016

Would be frustrating for people who are physically unable to run, or when you are in a crowd of travellers and you can't get through them quickly enough.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

I would like a countdown (maybe a more urgent buzzing from the app) to indicate that I've got less and less time to make the connection... when you run you won't have time to look at the screen, and you probably wouldn't hear anything.

Katie Walsh Mar 30, 2016

Yes true, RUN! wouldn't always work - it would more likely say - 'get to platform 6 as quickly as you possibly can - if you miss this train don't worry, there are other options to show you'

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Janet Bradley Mar 30, 2016

if you had earphones connected to your phone it would enable more options for verbal directions.

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Gill Chedgey Mar 26, 2016

I have trouble visualising this in action. I'd really like to actually use it to see how I get on. I'd probably feel compelled to have a cup of coffee whether I wanted one or not if the app was suggesting I had the time to!!!! There's a part of me that feels I'm being patronised a bit? If I was on the bus or train I'd know I was on it, I wouldn't need the app to to tell me I'd caught the bus.

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

Though it could be changed to say..."you are on the RIGHT bus".... I have seen people run onto a bus, and tube trains... sit down.... and then 3 or 4 stops down the line realise that they are going the wrong way... it's always a comfort to know you are on not just the right bus (right number on the front), but also going in the right direction you need to go on.... it means you can sit down and relax.

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

It would be so reassuring if it told you that you were on the right bus or train. I get confused when vising one of my company offices in Glasgow. The train station required is Pollokshaws East but there is also a Pollokshields East and I have got on the wrong train before and had to backtrack.

Gill Chedgey Mar 31, 2016

Yes, that would be more reassuring than patronising and definitely more helpful.

Katie Walsh Mar 28, 2016

Ha ha! I think over time you could train the app to offer you a variety of discounts that suit you - e.g. for me it would offer me a cup of tea, a private eye, and a bag of twiglets.

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Fiona Boubert Mar 26, 2016

The more I look at this app and the Travel Oracle the more I think that they should be incorporated into one app. I think they would compliment each other really well.

If Felicity could check her station exits using the video feature on Travel Oracle she could see exactly what she needed to do. If her journey had been further delayed she would have got alternative transport options and times from App in the Gap but Travel Oracle would also give her videos of how to get to buses/trains etc and route ways.

If I was using one of those apps I would be inconvenienced if I had to go into another app for additional information that was not available on the one I was using. A great app has the potential to cover multiple needs and takes up less space on your device than two separate apps..

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2016

I love this... I go back to my original posting... I remember arriving at Newtown train station... and not being able to find the bus stop where the bus went from, the time, the bus timetables were not showing for buses going south, only buses going North... it was horrendous, and I walked around Newtown with my suitcase (bus station and train station in 2 locations) and ended up having to ask a bus driver (on a bus going North) what my options were for going south... they had the timetables and locations on their phone.

I missed the bus I needed and in the end.... husband had to drive half an hour (29 miles) to pick me up.

All of that stress, tiredness from walking around with a suitcase, hurt feet from walking, and the annoyance of having to get someone to pick me up, could have been avoided with this app.... I can really see it in action and I will definitely download it when it becomes a reality.

There is no need to combine with any other app.... it is complete in itself for those making connections, it has a purpose of its own, which I would value.

kate thacker Mar 28, 2016

agree.i think too as a community of traveler it could keep certain situations lots calmer and free flwing if we are more in the know,not panicking over certain journeys

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

I was thinking about simplicity.... my mum is in her 70s and she uses an ipad but can't cope with a smart phone... if you try and show her any app which has too many features, she just says its too much and she can't use it... I think any app should be focused, to the point and useable for all.

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donna anderson Mar 28, 2016

love the idea about being notified on the right bus, so many people come racing up at the last minute at a stop where multiple buses call and get on and then jump off as they needed the one in front etc!

donna anderson Mar 28, 2016

for someone like me who has diabetes this is an excellent app as it tells me if i have time for a bathroom pitstop! i could have a break and then catch the alternate bus,also i love the idea of bus stops being pointed out in detail - so many stationsleave you peering into the sky at miniscule writing on small signs - orpington take note!

Fiona Boubert Mar 28, 2016

That's a really good point about time for toilet breaks for people with health conditions. I am sure many people would appreciate knowing exactly how much time they have in those situations. Also handy for parents travelling with children.

joanna butler-savage Mar 28, 2016

great idea - this would help to organise my journey and guarantee it runs smoothly -as long as the travel information is up to date, this is a guaranteed winner

joanna butler-savage Mar 28, 2016

a discount is a nice touch - perhaps a paper for me?

Neil Kennedy Mar 29, 2016

Travelling can be stressful, anything that can remove stress by keeping you on track and updated on any issues with your journey has to be a good thing, particularly if there are travel issues. You don't always know here to go/what to do if disruptions and delays happen so this app would guide you through it.

Janet Bradley Mar 29, 2016

Yes... disruptions can really floor you... for the simple reason that they are unexpected, and you can make really bad decisions in those instances.... so it is always good to have some added information to try to ensure you make a good decision in those circumstances, even if that good decision is to go and have a coffee, or a cup of tea!

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

Talking about bathroom breaks... a number of station toilets require you to pay by cash.... I don't always have cash... also, if you have 10 minutes at a station and you wish to use the public conveniences, I would like the app to contain the information of exactly where the nearest toilets are, and if they are free or not, and I would like to be able to pay for the toilets using the app!

Nicky Griffiths Apr 1, 2016

I always begrudge having to pay for toilets, if they were of the highest standard I wouldn't mind, but they never are.

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

that is true about the standard... I always think that using the toilet is a basic human need, and being outside a paid public convenience and not having the change, is so infuriating!! I don't mind paying, as I'm aware of how much it costs to run these conveniences, but I would just like different options to pay for them... and I would like them to be clean!!!!

Nicky Griffiths Apr 1, 2016

Once again we have a big price difference, some are free and of a good standard, others are expensive and not very nice. I think I would be more inclined to pay if I didn't have to fork out cash.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

I like the point that not only can the app tell you when the next bus is, or next connection, but it also can tell you when the next connection after that is available.... so you can make a good decision about whether to run or not, take a break or not.... but not only that, I would like to know if the next connection, or the one after would be cheaper.... if you look at train prices, often one train can be a different price to another... for the same journey.... so for those on a budget, it would be good to know if there was ever a difference.

Nicky Griffiths Apr 1, 2016

Yes, even a few minutes difference can make a big difference in price, we've said before that prices should be more sensible.

Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2016

yes, prices sensible... some people are prepared to pay higher prices for convenience, but if you are on a budget, always good to keep your options open and sacrifice time for a cheaper trip!

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