The latest update to the Go Metro mobile app is now available in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.
Featuring more than just bug fixes and stability improvements (though they’re in there too), version 3.2 of the Go Metro mobile app introduces geofencing and beacon technology, which will soon allow app users to receive messages that communicate contextually relevant information about service alerts, special events or discounts near Metro stations and stops.
The update was rolled out just in time for the Special Olympics World Games taking place in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. During the World Games, the technology will be used to deliver relevant messages to Go Metro app users at stations and stops near Special Olympics venues. Of course, app users will need to opt in to receive these messages (in fact, it’s the first thing you’ll be asked after updating).
The technology is being rolled out as part of a 60-day pilot program that will test the viability of the technology in a variety of mobile applications. To utilize existing beacon technology, Metro teamed up with Gimbal, whose beacons are already in place at various bus benches around the city. The geofencing technology is powered by the Urban Airship platform.
Also new in version 3.2 is the option to download the entirety of Metro’s maps and timetables catalog for 99 cents. Because all maps and timetables are already available for individual download free of charge, this latest addition is intended for users that want the added convenience of having the timetables and maps of all 170 Metro bus routes and six Metro Rail lines at their fingertips at any time.
Find out more about Metro’s resources for your mobile device here.