A UK Public Transport Agency Begins Testing E-Paper Technology at Bus Stops
Electronic-book-style technology showing bus timetables, ticket prices and real-time service information has gone on trial in the West Midlands.
Transport authority Centro is using it at a bus stop in Halesowen Street in Oldbury and, if successful, it could replace other information methods.
Gareth Tyler, intelligent transport systems consultant with IBI Group said: “This is the first implementation of e-paper technology of this kind in the public transport arena.
E-paper is designed to limit glare from sunlight and can be read from wider angles to make it easier for passengers to read.
Passengers with NFC (Near Field Communications)-enabled smartphones can also ‘tap’ their phone on each of the displays for more detailed information on the services and the wider public transport network.
The NFC tags link automatically to the most appropriate area of the Network West Midlands passenger information website to make it even easier for passengers to access information directly on their phones.
As the device consumes so little power, solar-powered versions could also be used at remote locations.
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