Google is fighting back against cars: Google transit

In North America, getting from point A to point B by foot or my bus can be quite difficult. Hence, many people prefer cars because, in some sense, they are easier. With cheap GPS devices, getting around in cars is really easy. Need to be somewhere at 6am? Your car will help you… What to use public transportation? Good luck.

Fortunately, Google is fighting back against cars! I tried Google transit. It helps you plan your trips using public transportation. What a brilliant tool!

Is there anything Google cannot do? I am really worried that they do too good a job. If I wanted to launch a Web start-up, I would hate to have to fear Google…

Source: Usually, I push new technology onto my wife. Not the other way around. This time however, my wife made me discover Google transit. Thanks Nathalie!

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

3 thoughts on “Google is fighting back against cars: Google transit”

  1. We have had that already for a while around Paris Itinéraires en transport en commun but that’s been much easier for them since all public transportation in the area depends on a single central authority.

    BTW, about something unrelated, spam protection, I have seen on a blog a very crude one: 2 radio buttons (both reset) “Are you a spambot? YES/NO” and it appears to work fine 🙂

  2. Speaking of Google Transit for Montreal, it would be really nifty if the city also made that data available to citizens.

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