Crowd sourced train travel info service RailYatri.in has introduced a new feature called RailYatri Insights, which will allow travelers to find out state of mobile network coverage on the route they’re traveling, delay patterns of a train at the station they’re boarding from, top 5 stations most passengers are likely to off-board on a train, most frequently visited cities from a particular station and city railway network coverage. The website claims that more such ‘insights’ will be added over the next few months.
If this data is accurate, as RailYatri claims, then this is extremely useful. For example, the mobile network coverage visualisation for the Dehradun-Howrah Doon Express informs that Airtel has the best network coverage on this route, followed by Vodafone and Idea. I recently traveled on this route, and had I known about this, I would’ve used an Airtel connection instead of my Idea connection. However, it needs to be pointed out that this data is based on what RailYatri users have reported, and is possibly indicative of the fact that Airtel, Vodafone and Idea collectively account for 64% of total active mobile connections in India.
The company claims that this tool provides insights based on train traveler data collected from more than 50 million travelers over the past few years, across 8000 train stations and over 2000 train routes. This tool is also available on RailYatri’s Android app.
Earlier this month, RaiYatri had introduced a new fog alerts feature on its application that allows passengers to check probability of train delays due to fog. The app also added a GPS locator which tells the travelers their exact location, along with the estimated time of arrival at upcoming stations.
The company had raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from the early stage investor Blume Ventures and an unnamed existing US-based investor, in February last year.