April 22, 2013 in Travel (E)
[prMac.com] Rome, Italy - The latest version of In Arrivo has been released to the App Store, becoming the first travel based social network for Rome, and possibly the world. The new version 6.0 allows travelers to connect for friendship, taxi sharing and more, while still providing a rock-solid route-planning system for getting around the city.
"For many people, travelling alone may be boring or uncertain, not to mention expensive," explained Fabrizio Bartolomucci, creator of In Arrivo, "the app was already perfect for mapping routes accurately, but with the introduction of social networking capabilities, users can now meet up, make new friends and help each other reach their destinations. Travel in Rome just became fun!"
As well as providing flawless route planning on the Metro and bus transit systems of Rome and Milan, In Arrivo now allows travelers to pre-plan their journeys and share them with other app users. The suggested route is created automatically and displayed on a map showing the shortest available route, making it easy to arrange to meet another In Arrivo user at a specific place and time to make taxi or car sharing simpler.
Although In Arrivo was originally developed for travel around the Eternal City, the new social tools can be used anywhere in the world to meet new people and make travelling more fun. Users can plan their journeys and connections before they even arrive in Rome, ensuring they enjoy the sights, meet new people and travel around the city worry-free.
"Travel is becoming increasingly expensive and the social networking aspects of In Arrivo help to spread those costs between people," Bartolomucci continued, "Thousands of people travel between the airport and Rome city centre by taxi every day, so why not give them a way to reduce the fare at the same time? They are even doing their bit to reduce traffic congestion and pollution by having less vehicles on the road. The same goes for Milan too."
Although In Arrivo can be used to plan journeys using buses and the Metro, it is also perfectly suited to visitors who want to see Rome's sights on foot. As with bus and train journeys, destinations can be plotted in advance and the app automatically creates routes between. Each journey can then be shared with other In Arrivo travelers providing the opportunity to arrange a face-to-face meeting. The journey organiser can see a tally of how many people will be joining them on their trip.
"In Arrivo is a great way of meeting people with similar interests, from tourists looking for travelling companions to visitors who want to meet local people. And you will never be late for another appointment thanks to the accurate station and bus stop mapping, coupled with up-to-the-second accurate departure times," said Bartolomucci.
A number of important new enhancements have been added to In Arrivo to help better understand routes and taxi rates as journeys are planned. Plot a route for instance, and it is possible to calculate the taxi fare for making that journey in advance. Travellers can also manually create their own routes by joining previously visited waypoints.
Live updates, support and suggestions for the In Arrivo suite can be found on the Facebook fanpage by the same title.
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 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 14.0 MB
Pricing and availability:
In Arrivo! HD 6.0 is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store in the Travel category for $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Rome, Italy, In Arrivo and Taxi Professional are the brainchildren of Dr Fabrizio Bartolomucci. 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) 2013 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.