Transport for London trials free WiFi on buses
07 Aug 2014
Free WiFi is coming to some buses in the capital, but TfL is seeking sponsorship for a wide-scale rollout.
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Travelling on public transport in the capital could soon become a lot more attractive, after Transport for London (TfL) announced that it is trialing free WiFi on buses.
The organisation is starting small, with WiFi installed on just two vehicles - a route 12 bus, operating between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and a route RV1 bus, which operates between Covent Garden and Tower Hill.
TfL said that the free service will allow passengers to keep in touch through email and social media, browse the internet and even complete their weekly grocery shop as they travel around London.
If the trial is successful, TfL will start seeking sponsors to enable the service to be rolled out to more buses in the fleet at no additional cost to taxpayers or passengers.
"London buses have always led the way with new technology on its network, benefiting the millions of passengers who make the most of the extensive network every day," said Simon Reed, head of TfL's Technical Services Group.
"Innovation is a key theme of the Year of the Bus and we have worked with our suppliers to find new and innovative ways to further improve the experience of our passengers. These trials will establish whether this technology provides genuine benefits to people on the move."
The free WiFi trial is just one of a number of innovations developed to improve the experience for bus passengers in the capital.
TfL is also testing technology that can analyse information from an onboard CCTV system on the upper deck of the bus and display seat availability on a screen at the base of the stairs.
Screens that provide passengers with real time progress on a localised map, along the information about the next stops and the anticipated time of arrival, are also being trialled.
Source: The Telegraph