How Buses Uses GPS?






by Jake Patton


As humans first gathered into communities that turned into small towns and cities, the issue of transportation arose. How were they going to get from one place to another efficiently? That is why public transit has been an issue for many generations and it will continue to be one. People want good means of transportation so they can do their everyday tasks.

Every city is creating more and more infrastructure for public convenience, but still there are issues such as traffic congestion and greater coverage of areas. Many cities are taking advantage of GPS devices to ensure the smooth transit of goods as well as people.

These truck tracking systems can easily keep a track of large convoys of vehicles and keep tabs on them. With advanced technology of GPS and internet services, the truck tracking system work perfectly and conveniently. Inspired from these mass transit companies, many city officers also have started using it. GPS devices are many times, implemented to find the location of a particular bus, though it isn't of much use due the fixed routes of buses throughout the day. These GPS devices are not limited to finding a road or a vehicle, but they can accomplish much more than this.

One great advantage to using GPS on bus routes is to be able to announce to the public that the next bus stop on the route is approaching. When the bus route is programmed on the GPS device installed on the bus, it can 'know' when the next bus stop is approaching and let its passengers know the fact, so that they can get ready to alight from the bus. The bus trips can thus become far more efficient and it also helps passengers to be more satisfied. The presence of the GPS device can even let the outside public waiting in front of places like hospitals that the bus is approaching so that they can easily get into it. This same facility is also used where blind people wait to get into a bus.

The presence of GPS devices on buses also helps a great deal in keeping track of the bus movements through remote control. Thus, if a particular bus is running late it is possible to provide that information on the website for the commuters. Bus stops now have an ID number. A commuter can check it out on his or her mobile phone and thus find out with accuracy when his bus would be arriving at this particular bus stop. Sometimes, transit maps are provided by the transport authorities so that passengers get to know the exact location of their bus and make proper plans.

For managing the unclear details GPS devices and the statistics collected by it can be put to use. The GPS data and usage statistics can be used to plan improved city routes and judge the traffic patterns.

It also helps to keep a track of number of miles traveled by each bus, so it is clear when a bus should be sent to a servicing station. The programs fed in the GPS can be redone, in case the route needs to be changed for any repairs or servicing. Then if a particular bus leaves its route, another bus takes the same route; all this is controlled by the GPS.

While there will always be some problem or the other related to public transportation, the use of GPS devices culled from the technology of truck tracking systems has brought about a great deal of clarity to the officials and has also helped passengers to a large extent. Thanks to the statistics provided by the GPS devices, city planning authorities find it a lot easier to make the necessary adjustments to improve facilities for the daily commuters.




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