Citymapper, a London-based mobile and web navigation application, has added the city of Paris to its platform as part of its latest update.
The iOS, Android and web application aims to make it as easy as possible for users to navigate cities, displaying useful information such as how much each transport method costs, the weather at a chosen destination and how many calories one would burn if they walked or cycled.
“Parisians, welcome to Citymapper,” the company wrote in the description for Version 3.8. “London and New Yorkers, be nice. Paris is a great city and they need our help.”
Citymapper says that Parisians and tourists will be able to use the app to get information on the Metro, the Velib cycle hire scheme, buses, the RER, trams and other forms of transport.
The Tech City firm, founded in 2012 by ex-Google employee Azmat Yusuf, began with London before expanding the service to the city of New York at the end of last August.
The app has elements of humour built into it that aim to make people’s commute a little less painful. For example, when a user asks how to get from A to B a jet pack option is also given, which is in fact based on real jet pack calculations, according to Yusuf. “We like having fun in the space,” he said in an interview with Techworld last September. “Someone’s commute is always seen as the worst part of their day and a negative experience. We’re trying to change that.”
As part of the latest update, Citymapper attempted to include an element of humour in the description of what is new in the latest version. After detailing the various forms of transport that the app caters for, Citymapper went on to joke: “Btw why did the Frenchperson cross the road? To get to the other strike!”
To put users at ease, the update continued: “Hahaha..Don’t worry, no French people can read this. We are in the safe hands of localisation technology and complicated app store settings menus.”
Four months ago Yusuf said that the app is “probably” installed on over half of the iPhones in London and said the Android version is also gaining traction.
The entrepreneur said he wants to see the app expanded so that it covers every city in the world but revealed that in the short term he would continue to research what data cities have to offer and listen to Citymapper users to see where demand is coming from.
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