Lost in Rome? These apps could get you back on the road
November 8, 2012 in Navigation
[prMac.com] Rome, Italy - Italian iOS developer Fabrizio Bartolomucci is pleased to announce release of the latest versions of his comprehensive travel suite designed to make getting around the city of Rome simple and intuitive. Building upon the success of the original In Arrivo app, Bartolomucci has expanded his portfolio to create a travel toolkit which will help tourists and commuters navigate the major metropolitan areas of the Eternal City.
"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 allowing a clear visual overview as the journey progresses along with a list of waypoints and detailed instructions regarding changes and route numbers.
The latest release of In Arrivo is also one of the few apps available that allows public transport directions from within Apple Maps using the new iOS6 Routing Apps feature. Simply enter your destination in Apple Maps, tap the public transport icon and then select in Arrivo HD to perform the navigation.
A number of important new enhancements have been added to increase app responsiveness for convenience and to minimise the potential data roaming costs. Details of bus stops and bus routes are now cached on the iPad or iPhone to reduce app loading time and mobile data usage. By dragging important bus stops to the top of the screen users can also create an easy-to-access list of bookmarks.
Version 4.5 of In Arrivo also allows specific taxis to be bookmarked allowing travellers to easily locate and book a particular driver. Taxi drivers who use the accompanying Taxi Professional app may also like to recommend that their clients bookmark their service for quick access in future.
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.
"Recent changes to the ATAC transportation system have required us to implement a proxy server system to fulfill customer requests," said Bartolomucci, "the ATAC servers which provide transit data have been adjusted to prevent visitors to Rome making repeated web searches effectively shutting tourists out of the system. The use of a proxy allows In Arrivo users to access bus and train data as they require - we have even included a quick refresh icon to 'unlock' the ATAC data for yourself and other In Arrivo users should the transit authority system block the app from accessing data. As far as we know, In Arrivo is the only app currently available which circumvents this limitation for the benefit of travelers."
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," said Bartolomucci, "Using Taxi Professional there is no need for a costly booking system to be installed in their home or office - everything is delivered directly between the customer and the driver, no other software is required. 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 v4.5, In Arrivo Express v1.5 and Taxi Professional v1.2 are compatible with all devices running iOS 5.1 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. Existing users of In Arrivo are encouraged to leave reviews on iTunes to assist other travellers in Rome locate this comprehensive transport planning toolkit.
* iPhone, iPod touch 3GS or later
* iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G, New iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
Pricing and Availability:
In Arrivo HD 4.5 is only $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. In Arrivo Express 1.6 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. To read more about inArrivo including a number of product reviews, please visit their website. Taxi Professional 1.3 is free for authorized taxi drivers and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
Based in Rome, Italy, Dr Fabrizio Bartolomucci has been developing computer software since his youth, before graduating in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa. His apps, including iPuja Pro and VirtualTags, have received a number of positive reviews from iOS specialist blogs including AppGiveAway, SlapStart and KillerStartups thanks to the friendly nature of his user community. Copyright (C) 2012 Dr Fabrizio Bartolomucci. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.