A new smartphone app, dubbed “Go LA,” is now available to give residents of Los Angeles a means of accessing data on most transportation modalities within a single app.
The app was developed by the City of Los Angeles in conjunction with Xerox. It allows users to view comparisons (costs, time, distance, carbon emissions, etc) of the various options available (car, bus, ride-share, bike, walk, etc) for their trip.
The senior vice president of Mobility Solutions at Xerox, David Cummins, commented: “There are individual apps for public transit, car sharing and other transportation options but the Go LA app captures the array of options in a hyper-local way, mixing and matching both public and private transportation options. Beyond the seamless travel experience for citizens, Go LA will help the city glean important information they can use to advance their transportation systems.”
Green Car Congress provides more:
The app aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint, and health benefits from walking, biking, driving your own car, parking, taking public transit, as well as the emerging private transportation options — such as Lyft, Zipcar, FlitWays, and Uber — giving users a variety of ways to reach their destination. The app takes an individual’s destination and desired arrival time, and calculates the different routes available, categorized by “sooner,” “cheaper,” and “greener.”
Details provided include length of trip, price, number of calories burned, and how much carbon dioxide is released into the air, allowing users to choose the best option to meet their needs. As the app learns more about its user’s individual travel preferences, it will eventually recommend and highlight personalized commuting options. Customers can also save trips they take often, like from home to work, in their “My Rides” area of the app.
Interestingly, the city will reportedly be making use of data gathered (anonymously) via the app when future decisions on transit system redesigns or updates are made.
The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds, stated: “Our city has many centers. People are commuting in all directions at all times by many modes. Xerox’s work could help us learn where to improve infrastructure for people who walk, roll, bike, take transit, and drive — it’s invaluable insight to help make Los Angeles more livable and enjoyable.”
The aim is reportedly to make it so all booking can be taken care of within the app as well. The city of Denver will be rolling out a version of the app in February as well, reportedly.
The app is now available via both the Android and iOS app stores.