Through the city they rush; what a commotion! What a hurried buzzing! Taxis, cabs; whatever you like to call them, they seem to hold a central role for residents of any big city. From point A to point B they can get you in a jiffy…usually. Sometimes they take so long you beg for divine intervention and other times they whizz past the traffic so speedily you wonder how they even manage it. Well, just maybe they used a GPS system to track a route and gauge the traffic before they even pulled out onto the road.
GPS tracking and navigation systems are tools vital to the travel, transportation, and monitoring needs of today. GPS tracking and navigation units are quickly becoming more and more commonplace in public transportation services. From airplane traffic monitoring, to public bus scheduling, to the quickest route from 42nd Street to Broadway, GPS systems are helping public transportation providers to manage their work with much more efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Many bus companies have implemented GPS systems into all of their business. This has allowed them to provide civilian bus riders with near real time bus arrival and departure times; company officials have better opportunity to monitor bus routes and stops to help their companies streamline their operations; leadership in the companies is able to monitor drivers’ behavior and to increase bus safety and security; GPS system integration can also assist companies in calculating effective means of fuel usage and savings.
Some may have wondered about the legality of the usage of GPS units in public transportation, especially as concerns cab drivers. In an interview with Business Insider, one New York cab driver had stated that it was not permissible for cab drivers to utilize GPS systems in their work. This statement was later discredited by the cab driver’s employing company, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, who stated that portable GPS units were, in fact, allowed in New York cabs.
Thinking of that conversation in light of the benefits received by various bus companies across the United States when GPS systems were implemented, it would seem that the Taxi and Limousine Commission might do better to make GPS systems an integral part of their operations. Monitoring of company operations and employees can have quite a positive effect on business.