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RailYatri relaunches RailRadar with GPS train tracking

RailYatri has yet again relaunched its train tracking app RailRadar, although this time it comes with GPS tracking. The platform now sources its data from the GPS on travellers’ phones, presenting users with a more accurate depiction of where the train is, if it's late or not, nearest stations and other details. As before, the platform displays colour coded trains across the country overlaid on Google Maps, with arrows pointing towards the direction of the train. Users can search for trains by number, name or just click on the relevant train on the map. The platform then reveals information like the partial e-mail ID of the user providing the GPS info, the exact location of the train along with the latitude and longitude, and an on time or late status. We imagine that RailRadar sources its data from users that have installed RailYatri’s app and are using the trip sharing feature. The company had launched this feature in May, that let train travellers share their location live with friends, while on the train. Additionally, users could access the progress of train in real-time as well as use the app to find the train status. The app could also calculate the expected arrival time, distance left or delays to the destination. This is akin to how Google Maps sources traffic data. Note that after re-launching in November 2013, the RailRadar service did not provide the actual running status or the actual location of the train, rather these locations were plotted based…

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