Since May 13, the RATP application, which allows users to plan their journey by public transport, invites them to a collaborative project: document the crowds on the lines, to prevent them from being crowded.
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This new functionality had been studied for several months by the RATP. However, it is very timely, two days after deconfinement and when social distancing must be respected in transport.
Like Waze, an application that allows motorists to report traffic jams or incidents on the road, the RATP application will be based on user reports to inform all of the holders of the application on traffic conditions.
The system is easy to use: all the user has to do is select the line he uses, and the stations through which he entered and exited. He then has the choice between five levels of affluence, ranging crescendo from " low " (" seating available ") to " high " (" several people standing, not too crowded ") or even " very high " (" space crowded, difficult entry and exit ”). The user then specifies the time at which he made this trip. RATP insists: these data will not be subject to any individual monitoring.
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The application received, according to France Inter, 5,000 contributions in ten days from travelers. A still modest figure which does not allow us to establish a definitive panorama of the influx in transport. The RATP counts on its users to enrich this database, but with good faith: the contributions are indeed declarative, and nothing prevents a user from adding one without actually being in transport.
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Collaborative applications intended for motorists, they seldom make it possible to contribute several times and a posteriori, in order to limit the risk of false reports. In February, a Berlin artist tried to thwart this system by using 99 phones to generate a virtual traffic jam on Google Maps.