After Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi, Google India team has launched Transit service in Chennai and Hyderabad enabling users to explore public transportation options (public bus services) as they search for directions or locations.
This launch will help millions of commuters and visitors in these metro cities to explore public transportation options as they search for directions or locations, and encourage alternatives to driving. This information is available both on Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile enabling users to access the service even on the move.[official blog]
Given that Google Transit mandates GPRS connectivity, have you observed a lot of people using Google Transit service? M4Mum’s free downloadable app (doesn’t require GPRS connectivity) has been a huge success in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, but they need to really scale this if they want to compete in this industry (especially when monetization channels aren’t so clear).
What’s your take?
Aside, read this interesting story: How Google Maps (and Latitude) Helped him Find the Lost Mobile!.