Computer & IT


Android app to track and board GPS-armed auto-rickshaws:

Recently when Delhi’s Autowalahs secured price hike in auto-rickshaw fares, new meters steeled with GPS flared the market and many people questioned the lunacy of Delhi Transport was limited to encumbering the pockets of auto riders, but this rather turned out to be a canny decision. Now a new Android app Pooch-O will allow Delhiites to track and book auto-rickshaws near them.

Sanctioned and dovetailed by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transport System (DIMTS) and launched by the Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, this app might put an end to clamoured rejection on hearing ”chaloge bhaiya” by Delhi’s auto-rickshaws drivers. This app uses smartphone’s GPS to locate nearest auto-rickshaws and even call the ones whose numbers are registered on DIMTS. The app is currently in its beta stage and is available for download from the Google Play Store. Currently only the android version of the app is available.

A firm step towards women safety in Delhi:

Jung was elated about the development of the app and reported that this app would be an effective barrage in safety for women in Delhi especially at night. Commuters can share their travel details on various social networking portals after boarding the auto-rickshaw so that family and friends are well aware of their location. Thereare various security elements associated with the app as well said Jung. However it would be a considerable advancement if next update allows authorized people on your social circle to track the auto that you have boarded in scenarios of chaos or suspicion.

App Calculates estimated fare and time:

This app can also be used to calculate estimated rate and to verify whether the auto is imminent after being called on phone. Auto-rickshaws are also believed to cherish this prosperity as it would help them find passengers easily. The app is being brewed for iPhone users and believed to loom very soon, announced S N Sahai, Managing Director (DIMTS) at the Press release of Pooch-O.

Heavy penalties for denying commuters:

Sahai also reported that currently 24,000 auto-rickshaws in Delhi brace GPS and many more are hoped to share the same canopy soon to perk many users. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla was also on board when the app was launched and promised that auto-rickshaw drivers who refuse to take Pooch-O users will be heftily penalized. Traffic Police has also been ordered to link this app with their website so that if auto drivers rebuff passengers without substantial reasons, stern actions would be taken against them.

Cluster Buses also under the umbrella:

Pooch-O users can also track the locations of orange Cluster buses plying in Delhi-NCR region. There are currently 1,100 buses in Delhi fitted with GPS. Users can locate their buses and determine arrival time based on their location. The app is also expected to incorporate traffic information and warn users and auto-rickshaw drivers against slow moving traffic.

Excellent hypothetically, what really?

Although the concept sounds good abstractly, the practicality of the approach is yet to be tested. It is worth examining that would those auto-rickshaw drivers who deny commuters even after being dared to be reported, be plaint or haughty towards the approach.