Did you know that 38% of Americans say they would be motivated to take public transit more often if real-time schedules were displayed on location? Similarly, studies as far back as 2003 have shown that advanced passenger information systems reduce commuter stress and improve overall satisfaction – something we already covered in detail.
Among the cities tackling the issue of providing a better experience for riders are Orlando and Pittsburgh, joining London, Singapore and Ljubljana in implementing electronic paper across the city’s bus stops in a pilot rollout of the technology.
The deployment is part of a project by CHK America, a provider of customer information solutions for the U.S. public transportation industry, and E Ink®, the leading world manufacturer of electronic paper.
The aim, it was announced, is to deliver advanced digital wayfinding solutions across the United States by replacing traditional static signs with high contrast, sunlight readable displays operated via battery or solar.
The digital bus stops allow transit agencies to easily deploy advanced passenger information almost anywhere, without requiring electrical infrastructure at bus stops. The solution enables transit agencies to deliver service change updates to bus stops everywhere effectively and efficiently from one central location, and at the same time provide improved service to riders with real-time departure information.
In addition electronic paper displays integrated into existing bus stops provide transit riders with easily readable, up to date information under all lighting conditions in a cutting edge solution to a long-term problem that all transit agencies face – how to deploy and keep service information current and user friendly at bus stops.
The prototypes of e-paper digital bus stops are currently set to be tested by two clients: LYNX-Orlando and Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC).
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