The ‘Smart to Antwerp’ app (Slim naar Antwerpen) for smartphones, which was developed to direct visitors intelligently to the city, will get an update and now includes a practical GPS navigation system.
The update maps out a smart route combining train, bus, bike, boat, shared cars, e-bikes, or e-scooters and informs the user where to change. It offers real-time information and instructions for changes and combines numerous transport modes in one route. It claims to be one of the world’s most elaborate Mobility-as-a-Service apps today.
Users will be informed about possible problems, traffic jams, and alternative routes; they will also get info about the ‘live’ occupation rate of park and ride zones in Merksem, Luchtbal, and on the Left bank of the river Scheldt. The app even provides weather forecasts.
The ‘Slim naar Antwerpen’ app was introduced four years ago. It was intended to guide city dwellers and citizens in, around, and even outside the city of Antwerp through intelligent combinations of public and shared transport options. Meanwhile, the app has more than 25 000 subscribers.
This week, the app gets an essential update with live navigation and offers even more transport options. The city, therefore, added four new innovative mobility providers – Cargoroo, Lime, GO Sharing, and GreenMobility – to complement the already participating Velo!, Cambio, Bird, and BlueBike. Other providers, like the Donkey Republic, will follow.
The new version of the app is one of the most extended and detailed multimodal route planners in the world, the city of Antwerp promises in its communication. Koen Kennis, the Antwerp Alderman for Mobility, is pleased with the new development and calls the app “trail-blazing”.
In February, the ‘Smart to Antwerp’ app received an update to make the app and the website more user-friendly. Especially the functionalities for walkers and cyclists were extended.
Meanwhile, the actual beta version of the multimodal route planner is ready but will remain in permanent progress and be further improved in the coming weeks and months.