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Rail Passengers to Benefit From New GPS Technology as Early as Next Month


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ScotRail passengers will have more information at their fingertips.

New technology to be rolled out across the U.K. rail network next year is aimed at reducing the number of trains suddenly switching from "on time" to "delayed," and helping customers find seats on busy trains.

Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

New global positioning system (GPS) technology is scheduled to be deployed on rail systems in the U.K. starting in January, to reduce delays and ensure passengers can find seats on crowded trains.

The Rail Delivery Group said this will allow operators to better track trains.

The GPS data also will be accessible to journey planning apps like CityMapper, making it easier to reroute passengers during disruptions.

New image recognition technology also is being trialed by Arriva London Rail, and could offer better information on the number and order of train carriages so passengers have more choices when they travel.

Industry organization Rail Delivery Group said these advances likely would be integrated with innovations like weighing technology on GTR's Thameslink line, to help customers see which seats are available.

From The Telegraph (U.K.)
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