Google and Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore held a press conference this morning to announce their collaborative effort to provide commuters with the info they require - from mapping, route planning to traffic congestion information and bus/train arrival schedule.
Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive for LTA, gave the opening speech and talked about the collaboration between Google and LTA.
“With Google Maps covering Singapore, travellers can plan their journeys ahead of time by simulating their trips on public transport on the Internet in the comfort of their home, or make last minute plans once they arrive, on the spot, with the mobile version” says Yam.
“It is great to be able to now offer Singaporeans a wonderful experience with our Google maps. The maps at google.com.sg is an example of Google’s map launch complete with multi transport information. Singapore is the first country to have that complete level of information that is focused on the needs of the locals and travellers who are coming here,” says Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist from Google.
At the event, we also saw a Google Mobile Man backpacking a LCD display above his head and showing live demostration of the Google Map on the mobile phone.
If you are walking outside Plaza Singapura and near the bus stop/Dhoby Gaut MRT station today, you might come across this huge familiar 15-foot map pin which is usually denoted on Google map.