Departures NYC uses augmented reality to point the way to the nearest bus stop

Buses in New York City have often gotten the short shrift. They lack the beautiful iconography of the subway system, and if the latter system looks like spaghetti to newcomers, then the bus system looks like ramen noodles. Bus stops, in particular, are hard to find for a newcomer. But an app called Departures NYC uses augmented reality to elegantly disentangle the situation, exposing tourists and lifelong New Yorkers alike to new transit options and informing them of approaching buses.

One of Departures’s more unique and charming features is its use of the iPhone’s compass to point you in the direction of the bus that’s going your way. This is no doubt a feature carried over from developer Taktil‘s native Switzerland, where streets are far less straight.

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