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German BVG Agency Forces iPhone Developer to Change App
This story comes out of Berlin, Germany. A 21-year old Web developer created an iPhone application that uses the GPS in the iPhone to help you find the nearest public transportation U-Bahn and S-Bahn (subway) stations. If you are onboard a train you could watch the transit map move live. The application has been downloaded over 20,000 times to-date.
The German BVG agency which is responsible for public transportation, had the application removed from the iPhone App Store. BVG spokeswoman Petra Reetz said that they want "but only the best for passengers". In speaking with one of my German contacts, he believes the fear for the BVG is that if the app data is wrong, German citizens may sue BVG. So rather than deal with that potential issue, they had the app shut down.
This type of mobile application would be awesome for many cities around the world. While it would only work where there’s mobile coverage, it could be a huge help in getting more people to take mass transit.
You can read the full story (in German) on Heise Online.
Update from madam3181 via Twitter: "The iPhone app "Fahr-Info Berlin" is still available from the iTunes store however the current version has the maps removed"