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The phrase, “You wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once,” might sound cliché, but speaks volumes about the innate problems that come along with running a huge transportation network.

To lower these difficulties, PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd), the public transport bus service provider for the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad in India has announced a collaborative work with Google Cloud to build an intelligent transit management system and feed system to track bus services live on Google Maps recently.

This technology will let commuters track the bus in real time on PMPML’s 371 routes in the Pune Metropolitan Region, including 117 Rainbow BRT lines on the 7 bus rapid transit corridors. On their buses, PMPML has equipment installed that can transmit real-time data. Through this relationship, PMPML aims to:

  • To publish transit information– GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification, GTFS).
  • They can use any available data from the preceding sources to provide insights to their management team on various aspects of their fleet’s performance.

The PMPML buses’ OBU systems will provide real-time data from all relevant buses. They’ll verify GTFS field-value data. For GTFS approval, the data will be sent to the Google Maps Partner Dashboard.

Google Maps’ Live Transit Updates tool will let commuters track buses in real time.

Last year, Google India also opened a new Google Cloud region in Delhi NCR which joined the 25 existing Google Cloud regions connected via Google Cloud’s high-performance network, helping customers better serve their users and customers throughout the globe. As the second region in India, customers also benefited from its improved business continuity planning with distributed, secure infrastructure needed to meet IT and business requirements for disaster recovery, while maintaining data sovereignty.

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