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Tuesday, 23 January, 2018, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

ixigo introduces augmented reality (AR) feature for train travellers

ixigo, a travel marketplace, has introduced an augmented reality (AR) feature on its train app today. Said to be first of its kind, the AR Coach Position feature will enable train travellers to accurately locate their coach positions for over 13,000 passenger trains at more than 7,000 railway stations across India. 

This feature will help iOS users, using the iPhone 6+, to instantly categorize label and identify how far they are from their intended coaches. Users with the ixigo trains app need to grant camera access to the app, point it at the railway platform, and the app will overlay coach positions of their train on the phone screen. 

Commenting on the development, Rajnish Kumar, CTO & Co-founder, ixigo said, “At ixigo, our constant endeavor is to use innovation to improve traveller experience and diminish pain points. Due to overcrowding at railway stations, passengers often worry about not having the right information with them when needed, leading to anxious moments before they board their train. To curb this, we worked on developing our AR Coach Position feature. We are quite excited about being the first in the indian travel services market with an AR use case that will greatly ease passenger pain.” 

Besides this, ixigo has also rolled out other key updates such as Station Alarm and Rescheduled trains to improve users train travel experience. The ‘Station Alarm’ feature will alert users as they approach their destination station while the ‘Rescheduled trains’ feature will allow users to easily check if their train is cancelled, diverted or rescheduled. The travel marketplace has also added a host of interesting iMessage stickers to help users communicate on the go.
 
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