13 comments

  1. hey are you still developing this, or have you stopped… I would like to see how far you progressed with it and also look into further development of it, including creating an android app..

    Let me know

     
  2. Hi David,

    It progressed to the point where I built a basic iPhone web app front end for it. This runs at: http://bustrackr.co.uk and just calls the API behind the scenes.

    I’ve noticed that a couple of iPhone apps have popped up on the scene:

    http://www.busesapp.com/ & http://www.apptism.com/apps/edinbus

    Buses app whilst technically more accomplished is not free, which I don’t particularly agree with.

     
  3. Hi will there be an Lothian buses android app anytime soon? Thanks

     
  4. Hi Caz. I’m personally not developing one but I know a number of people are. Including this one: http://code.google.com/p/androidedinburghbustracker/ which might be worth keeping an eye on.

     
  5. Hi Olly,

    I’m the developer of one of the iPhone apps you mentioned, Buses Edinburgh (http://www.busesapp.com). As you noted that you didn’t particularly agree with me charging for the application, I thought I’d just clarify that the application retrieves data using my own implementation and doesn’t use your source or API for commercial gain. That would be a rather despicable thing to do and I hope that’s not what you thought!

    Obviously, software development, maintenance and support costs money, hence the (relatively small) price tag. I feel that the application adds sufficient value to the core mybustracker.co.uk experience to justify a small charge, but I respect your opinion.

    Cheers,
    Jamie.

     
  6. Hi Jamie,

    Don’t worry, I didn’t think you were using my source or anything like that.

    I’ve had similar conversations with friends about charging for software etc. I respect that it’s your time and energy that went into development and so it’s totally up to you to charge for the app.

    Plus a bit of competition in the App Store never hurt anyone!

    Cheers for the comments.

     
  7. What’s wrong with charging for software? If you make a nice cake you can sell it, why not an app?

    Live bus times apps are essentially fancy browsers for a data source, and if they’re good enough I think it’s an honest living for a developer to charge for them.

    I have a vested interest in this; I sell a bus times app.

    Carl

     
  8. I have no problem with charging for software.

    I think my comment at the time was driven out of the frustration at the lack of forward-thinking by Edinburgh Council/Lothian Buses. My belief was that they should have developed the software and/or provided a better mobile experience themselves.

    How is your app doing?

     
  9. Ah, fair enough – sorry to have mis-understood you, Olly.

    Yeah, my app’s doing well thanks. Looking to try and expand soon.

     
  10. Where about is the API code? Its not on google code no more! 🙁 I have an idea for its use!

     
  11. Hi Callum, code is still here:

    http://code.google.com/p/bustrackr/source/browse/#svn%2Ftrunk%2Fapi

    but it’s now horribly out of date and doesn’t return anything useful any more.

     
  12. Very useful article! I am really interested in the Bus Tracker API but I can’t find any information online about getting it. Do you need to register with the council? Any info you can provide will be useful. Thanks!

     
  13. Stefan – there still isn’t an API as such. There are a few libraries used by the app developers that scrape various web services. Check out the source code for the mobile apps.