Google earlier launched Transit in Bangalore, (in partnership with BMTC), Delhi (Delhi Metro route) and has now announced the launch of Transit service in Pune (in partnership with PMPML).
“With a daily ridership of approximately 1 million passengers, PMPML is the second Indian Bus service to launch on Google Maps. Commuters in Pune can now find out bus schedules and routes for 320 of PMPML buses via Google Maps on desktop and mobile. The easy access of this service helps commuters and tourists find their way around the city using buses” [blog].
The service offers following features
The user searches for information to reach from Place A to B on Google Maps
The result shows a map with the possible route and driving directions for the commuter
By choosing the transit option, commuters would get first hand information on Pune’s routes and schedules
Commuters get to see the step by step directions for the entire route including frequency, travel duration for each leg of the trip in text and on the map.
With Google launching these services in India, what do you think will be the strategy of startups like M4Mum?