Looking to the Future: Bus Stops in 2020

Posted 3 years ago · 2 minutes to read

September 27, 2019

As technology continues to evolve, digital signage solutions must keep up with progress. City infrastructure is becoming more and more connected, and every major city in the world now strives to leverage the power of digital urban networking, to help people get from A to B.

A lot of big changes in this regard are projected to be just around the corner. Many major digital improvements to public transport can be retrofitted, which means that cities in need of updating their infrastructure won’t be required to completely rebuild structures across their cities. Instead, digital technologies may be deployed into existing architecture.

Today, we’ve gone through a few of the technologies we expect to see appearing more commonly in bus stops in 2020—whether retrofitted or as part of brand-new public transport frameworks.

Digital Signage Solutions

Many major cities around the globe are already utilising solar-powered bus stop sign technology. This largely involves wireless e-paper signs, that feature high-contrast HD screens. Radiola’s e-paper smartsign displays are a great example of such technology. They’re poised to take over traditional bus stop displays for a number of reasons: they’re eco-friendly, allow for instantaneous updates to reflect sudden changes in the programme, and can serve a wider range of mapping and information services than static signage.

Smartphone Support

You don’t need facts or figures to tell you that just about everyone has a smartphone these days—they’re practically essential, no matter who you are, or what your job is.

You also don’t need any data to believe that many smartphones are doing so much computing at any given moment that they can run out of battery in a flash! More and more city denizens are finding public places that offer charging ports for personal devices.

Ensuring that passengers have access to USB charging is already quite common on public transport itself, but we predict it will become increasingly common in transit infrastructure too, such as in bus stops.

Beyond charging, bus stops will also provide Wi-Fi networks in the future, in order to encourage users with access to the internet to better utilise available digital route planning services, such as apps made to track transit services. Free Wi-Fi networks also stand to make public transport an attractive alternative to driving, as these allow passengers to make better use of commute time.

Finally, bus stops with Bluetooth capability can integrate with passengers’ smartphones to make travel much more accessible for visual or hearing-impaired people. Being able to notify these passengers using their smartphones is the next step forward in public transport accessibility.

Want to know what's coming?

In 2020 and beyond, a successful city needs a solid transport management system. That’s where Radiola comes in. We’re here to help you take your public transit infrastructure to the next level, and turn your city into one that will stand the test of time. Find out more by getting in contact with us now.