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Missing your bus stop? Meet ‘the annunciator’

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It is nice to see a positive development in bus service in this region. And for once I can simply report it as good news with no carping. The Sun reports this morning that 23 buses are being fitted with the automatic annunciator that will tell passengers what the next stop is. And right down at the bottom of the story also notes that this system will also enable the text message schedule information that cell phone users can currently get from #33333 will be updated with real time next bus information. It is a trial that will be rolled out across the system if it works as well as I hope.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 26, 2008 at 10:16 am

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  1. Trams in Nottingham have announcements. When they being tested before going into service the announcements were in German…..

    Mrs Childs

    January 26, 2008 at 1:53 pm

  2. Picture of talking tram here

    Stephen Rees

    January 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

  3. Those annunciators are horrid! It’s great that the stops are now digitally displayed on the scrolling screen at the front of the bus, but that voice has to go. Why couldn’t they just play a pre-recorded human voice — would that be so much to ask? That garbled robotspeak is irritating as hell.

    NT

    January 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm


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