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By Thomas Baekdal - May 2009

The Future of Bus Stops

I admit that I never use public transportation, because it is impractical for me to do (it takes longer to just get too the bus stop, than it takes for me to drive all the way to work). But this futuristic bus stop from MIT Senseable Lab looks really interesting.

The purpose of a bus stop is to do two things. One, it should tell you when the next bus will arrive (and how you can get to where you want to go). And, secondly, it should pass the time while you wait.

EyeStop does both really well. People can plan a bus trip on an interactive map, exchange community‐relevant information on a digital message board, surf the web, monitor their real time exposure to pollutants and use their mobile devices as an interface with the bus shelter.Â

It is extremely energy efficient, since it is powered by solar power. And it is using next generation epaper for the visuals.

And since it is internet enabled, you can have real time feedback on bus times, getting up to speed on delays, changes to bus routes and other relevant information.

(via MIT Senseable Lab)


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