Taking cue from cities like Singapore and New York, India's first public bus service, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), is likely to soon install Bluetooth-enabled services in its 4,027 buses.
"The Bluetooth-enabled services would be of much help to our nearly 50 lakh commuters. The proposal is likely to come within a month and once it is passed the services will be introduced," BEST' Chairman Dilip Patel told PTI.
Once installed, the system would provide route and other information on services to the commuters having cellphones.
The system will first be introduced for long route buses like the air-conditioned Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and then on the smaller routes, Patel said.
With these services, commuters will come to know which routes the bus will cover, the next stop and in how much time will it reach the final destination, Patel explained.
Similar services are available in public buses in cities like Bangkok, London, New York, London and Hong Kong.
Our technical officers visit various countries to learn about new technology and the services. This idea came from such a visit, Patel said.