Crowdsourcing

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How Crowdsourcing Works

Tapping on the GO button will share the position of the vehicle you're in with other Transit users to provide them with super-accurate vehicle tracking information (if you've agreed to share location and motion detection).

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

In select cities, we do some behind-the-scenes magic to convert that vehicle location into a real-time arrival countdown estimate. Look out for for two fast-pulsing waves next to the countdown, indicating  real-time arrivals powered by GO. In most cities, using GO will update only the vehicle location, and countdown estimates come from the transit agency itself.

Crowdsourcing Statistics

In the spirit of helping others out, we want you to know just how many people you're helping by simply pressing GO. 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. 

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. Tap on the cogwheel in the upper right hand side of the main screen.
  2. Scroll down to My Transit Lines.
  3. Tap on individual lines to see how many people your crowdsourcing has helped.

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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