TfL trial bus timetable app
Despite great advances in technology in almost all areas of our lives, one thing that remains crashingly antiquated is our wheezing public transport system.
In particular, our buses are a farce. They stink, are filled with hideous, wretched humans and never, ever arrive when they're supposed to.
Still better than walking though.
So with that, Transport for London are using smartphone technology to help you catch one of these human battery farms on wheels. TfL is trialling a 'countdown' service, which lets you know when the next bus is supposed to arrive at your chosen stop, which means you can leg it for the bus or watch your life ebb away while you stand motionlessly sobbing at the bus-stop.
The Guardian reports that the service's existence leaked out after an internal memo was sent to all TfL staff telling them about it, at countdown.tfl.gov.uk. As well as the beta site, there's also a mobile test version, which looks to be 'developers only' at the moment.
Much like Edinburgh's MyBusTracker, this will enable you to know when your next bus is due. Basically, enter your street, postcode, route number or bus stop code and it'll tell you what you need to know.
Apparently, once the system is fully working, you'll be able to send a text with your bus stop code to receive realtime bus arrival times for that stop, according to TfL.
Now, all we need is everywhere else to sort an app out, seeing as the vast majority of Britain doesn't live in London and Edinburgh.