UrbanThings has added a mobile ticketing function to its real time and journey planning app, Bus Checker.
Titled Bus Checker X, the introduction of a mobile ticketing function to the app means operators already using the service now can sell mobile tickets to their existing users. According to UrbanThings, it created a “seamless passenger experience” where users can plan journeys, view live updates and purchase tickets without ever leaving the app.
Tickets sold through the app are priced through a commission model, meaning there is no set-up fee for the additional service. It will be integrated with the Bus Open Data Service (BODS).
“This is the single biggest change in the app’s history, and one that passengers have been asking for since we launched nearly ten years ago,” says Carl Partridge, UrbanThings CEO. “Over 7,000,000 departure boards are viewed in Bus Checker each year – transport providers can now sell tickets to their customers in the app that they’re already using.
“This update comes at a crucial time for the industry, as the government’s National Bus Strategy looks to get passengers using public transport again, with an emphasis on accessible ticketing and real-time information.
“By integrating BODS data into Bus Checker, we’re providing our users with accurate, live information for even easier journeys. UrbanThings is committed to making travel simple for all and this update brings us one step closer in achieving this.”
The Bus Checker X update will be launched in iOS and Android stores next month.