“When working on In Arrivo I quickly realised that travellers in Rome may need access to more than just information on using the municipal bus service,” said lead developer Bartolomucci, “many tourists and commuters prefer using the metro system or the privacy of taxis. Working with many taxi drivers and firms across Rome, we have created a comprehensive travel booking service which accounts for these people’s travel needs.”
In Arrivo HD is designed for travellers and allows them to navigate the 8000 bus stops dotted across the city and obtain up-to-the minute details of each bus location. In Arrivo also helps passengers decide how long they have between buses and even which side of the road they need to wait on.
Similar functionality has been added to show locations of metro stations and train times, adding additional travel options for users. Route plans can be created in advance including full details of any departure and arrival times, and where changes on metro lines must be made. The entire route is mapped using the new Apple Maps engine in iOS 6 allowing a clear visual overview as the journey progresses.
The latest release of In Arrivo is also one of the few apps available which allows public transport routing direct from within Apple Maps. Simply enter your destination in Apple Maps, tap the public transport icon and then select in Arrivo HD to perform the navigation.
Version 4 of In Arrivo HD goes even further by allowing travellers to book taxis directly from their iPhone and iPad and track their progress to the pick-up point. In Arrivo allows users to track the taxi’s progress on a map, allowing them to estimate the arrival time and how much longer they need wait. By simply tapping on a nearby taxi, the user can book the taxi and see full details of the car and driver increasing their personal safety and doing away with the need to call a taxi booking service.
“Booking a taxi requires travellers to call a telephone service, who will then arrange a car to be despatched.,”
Companion app In Arrivo Express has been designed for iPhone users who just need accurate arrival and departure times for their journeys. A slimmed down app provides the bare-bones required to travel across Rome, making it a smartphone companion to the full-service HD app. A simplified display shows the progress of buses and taxis allowing at-a-glance updates of buses and taxis without the additional information such as bus stops and metro stations as shown in The HD app. As the name implies, In Arrivo Express is for travellers who need to get moving quickly.
The In Arrivo apps are complimented by Taxi Professional, which notifies Roman taxi drivers of customer bookings. When a user taps and books a taxi, the driver of the selected vehicle receives instant notification on their own iOS device of who they are collecting and from where. The fact that In Arrivo is a paid-for app provides also drivers with some protection against no-shows, wasted journeys and fake bookings.
“Taxi Professional offers cab drivers in Rome a way to guarantee bookings and makes it very easy to locate and identify passengers,”
“Best of all,” Bartolomucci continued, “is that Taxi Professional and In Arrivo can now be used to book a cab anywhere in the world. Wherever drivers have signed up to the Taxi Professional service, customers can book a ride.”
In Arrivo HD v4.3, In Arrivo Express v1.5 and Taxi Professional v1.2 are compatible with all devices running iOS 6 and higher and require a live internet connection to operate correctly. A useful on-screen counter built into the app helps users keep track of their data usage and avoid unexpected roaming charges.
Live updates, support and suggestions for the In Arrivo suite can be found on the Facebook fanpage managed by Fabrizio Bartolomucci at: https://www.facebook.com/
Existing users of In Arrivo are encouraged to leave reviews on iTunes to assist other travellers in Rome locate this comprehensive transport planning toolkit.