For a senior or a senior caregiver, navigating a big city and knowing the fastest way to get from point A to point B can be difficult. With cities becoming more congested than ever, knowing the best form of transportation in real time can help senior caregivers and their clients save time. Using the CityMapper app, senior caregivers can see the estimated amount of time it would take to get someplace by walking, riding a bike, taking a cab or using public transportation.
When users first open the app, the home screen offers a main function option of "Get Me Somewhere." When users click on this button, the app assumes their start location to be their current location from GPS data and asks for an end location. As soon as users begin typing in the name of their end location, the app searches for it letter by letter for quick results.
If users want to start from a different location than their GPS data supplies, all they have to do is type in an address or a landmark. Once users set the start and end points, a "Results" screen pops up with various transportation options. The walking and biking options offer an estimated number of calories to be burned, which can be useful for the caregiver looking to relieve stress and fit some exercise into their schedule.
The results appear in Classic mode or Live mode. Classic is best used for planning future trips, such as planning how long it would take to get to the doctor for an appointment tomorrow afternoon or estimating how long it will take to get to an event tomorrow. The Live mode offers real time estimates considering current traffic and bus or train tracking data.
Additionally, in the Live tab, the cab option offers real time estimates for the fare cost of riding with nearby Uber drivers. The public transit data in the Live option offers tracking data on the next buses and trains so caregivers know exactly when to leave to catch the next ride on their line. The app even offers a feature that alerts the user when they're nearing their stop so they know when to get off their public transit bus or train. That feature is particularly useful for first time riders of a certain line who might not be familiar with the route.
The CityMapper app is available for Apple and Android platforms.
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