Urban mobility data specialist Moovit is integrating its public transit information into Microsoft’s Azure Maps to help developers build richer apps for commuters.
Azure Maps is a set of location APIs providing geospatial context to data through maps, search, routing, traffic and time zone capabilities that integrate with other Azure tools and services.
The information provided by Moovit will include A-to-B trip planning, nearby stations, stops and lines with multimodal options, as well as scheduled and real-time transit arrivals, route guides and service alerts.
Moovit’s free local transport app combines information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from users to produce a real-time picture, including the best route for each journey.
As part of the agreement Moovit will run its public transit data and services APIs on Microsoft Azure and will gradually migrate its other products to Microsoft Azure.
Meanwhile, Microsoft can integrate Moovit’s public transit data in its first party applications and services. For instance, Azure Maps could provide real-time transit information via Microsoft Cortana about a person’s commute.
“Developers and customers alike have been asking for a comprehensive mapping solution that brings together location awareness with public transit data to provide a full picture,” said Tara Prakriya, group programme manager for Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles at Microsoft.
“By offering location awareness with public transit data on Microsoft Azure Maps, developers not only can create more sophisticated and smarter, real-time location-based apps, but our cloud customers across a variety of industries like automotive, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare will be able to leverage this data to continue to improve how people get around and get access to services globally.”