Now you can use your smartphone to hire an auto rickshaw in the national Capital with a new App “Pooch-O”, which was launched by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) has developed “Pooch-O”, which will now allow users to locate autos, fitted with GPS, nearest to them and can then call its driver, whose numbers are registered with DIMTS, on their mobile phone and book a trip. Also Read - Thai Man electrocuted by smartphone plugged into charging at home
Pooch-O app can be downloaded on only Android phones from Google Play store and thereafter, people have to ensure GPS of their phone is on and can find out auto nearest to them through Maps. Launching Pooch-O at his secretariat, Jung said that this is very advanced technology, which would be very useful especially for women travelling in auto at night. Also Read - Delhi man uses bathroom to reach safety after laptop on bed causes fire
“After booking auto through this app, commuters can share their travel details on Facebook and Twitter so that their friends and family members can get to know about their locations. Besides, there are several security elements in this app,” Jung told reporters. Jung also said that they can also give their feedbacks on their travels in auto on “Pooch-O” aap. Also Read - Delhi gets free Wi-Fi and fast broadband under new 'smart city' project
“Pooch-O users can also calculate estimated fare for their trip and even track the auto to check if it is coming towards them or not after calling its drivers. This app will soon be available on iPhones. Auto drivers will also be benefitted with this app as they will easily have passengers,” S N Sahai, managing director (DIMTS) said.
Sahai said that there are 24,000 autos in Delhi which are fitted with GPS and hope that more autos will come under GPS so that a large number of people can be befitted with this app. Additional CP (Traffic) Anil Shukla, who was also present, said that if a driver refused to take “Pooch-O” users, he would then be penalized with a heavy penalty.
“Traffic police will be asked to connect this app to its website, their traffic apps so that if auto driver refuses commuters without any reason, strict action would be taken against them,” Jung said. Sahai also said that people travelling in cluster buses (orange buses) can now also track their locations on their smartphones through Pooch-O app. There are around 1100 cluster buses, fitted with GPS, plying in the national capital.
“In this app, there is also an option for bus commuters, who can track bus location for which they are waiting on road and even get to know about its arrival time,” Sahai said. For instance, a person, who wants to go to Maharana Pratap ISBT from Jantar Mantar and is wating for bus route number 729 (orange bus), can track its current locations on his phone with GPS on and get to know about its arrival time through Pooch-O app.