Crowdsourcing

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How Crowdsourcing Works

In select cities, tapping on the GO button will share the position of the vehicle you're in with other Transit users to provide more accurate arrival times (if you've agreed to share location and motion detection).

Crowdsourced bus icons are indicated on the map by a smiley face:

In cities where the transit agency does not provide real-time bus locations, all real-time locations are provided by GO. Look out for two pulsing waves next to the countdown indicating real-time arrivals

In cities where the transit agency does provide real-time bus locations, we do some behind-the-scenes magic to combine bus locations from the agency with the more frequently updated locations provided by GO. Then, we use these enhanced locations to calculate accurate arrival times for riders further down the line. Pay it forward! 

Is Crowdsourcing in My City? 

When you press GO, keep an eye out for a green oval in the top left-hand corner of the map. It shows a smiley face, as well as the number of people you're helping at that moment. 

While crowdsourcing isn't available everywhere yet, we plan to roll it out in all cities we support. Stay tuned! 

Crowdsourcing Statistics (iOS only

In select cities, GO crowdsources your bus's location to provide accurate arrival times to other Transit users. In the spirit of helping others out, we wanted you to know just how many people you're helping by simply pressing GO. 

We take the number of people you help with every GO trip you take and add them up by month and by all time on each line. A popup at the end of your trip will also show you how many people you helped on each leg.

How to See your Ranking:

  1. Launch GO.
  2. Tap on the green smiley face in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap anywhere on the screen to flip between all time and this month's statistics.

Privacy

Your exact position is never shared with other riders. The position of the vehicle is only shared while GO is active and you’re on board. All data you generate using GO is  anonymous, and GO automatically turns off when you reach your destination.

Battery and Data Usage

While GO will affect your battery life, we’ve managed to keep it down to  ~5% for an average 20-minute trip, and that assumes you’re glued to your phone the entire ride.

The same typical GO trip will take  less than 100kb of data. That’s less than a kitten GIF but more than a text message.

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