New app eases the pain of waiting for a bus

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 September, 2011, 12:00am


A bane of urban life in Hong Kong has been waiting for buses not knowing when they will arrive. Now a new smartphone application has come to the rescue.

The app by Hong Kong-based Nuthon IT Solution not only helps you to find the nearest bus stops, it also tells you how long you have to wait - relying on real-time input from bus passengers. 'I know how annoying it is to wait 20 minutes for a 20-minute bus ride,' said Leo To Chun-hong, director of Nuthon IT Solution, who is developing the free app with his team to be launched next month in Apple and Android app stores.

He said bus passengers had the incentive to provide the information because their input was required if they, in turn, wanted to use the service while waiting for buses.

Nuthon launched another app two years ago to provide road users with information on the nearest public toilets. It has had at least 20,000 downloads so far. Another app it has invented shows shoppers where the nearest ATM machines and convenience stores are. This has attracted 50,000 downloads.

Hong Kong Internet Society chairman Charles Mok said apps development in Hong Kong was growing fast this year. 'More than 10 years ago, companies still considered whether they needed a website. Now it's needless to ask. The same is now happening with apps,' he said. Mok said Hong Kong app developers mostly partnered with firms and made apps for marketing purposes.