ixigo launches India’s first Augmented Reality feature for Train Passengers

India’s leading travel marketplace, ixigo, has taken a leap ahead of others by introducing India’s first augmented reality (AR) feature on its trains app. With this AR Coach Position feature, train travellers will be able to accurately locate their coach positions for more than 13,000 passenger trains at more than 7,000 railway stations across the length and breadth of India.

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Highlights of the Augmented Reality Coach Position feature –

    1. Passengers using iPhone 6 Plus and newer models will be able to use their smartphones in order to have their coaches instantly categorised and labeled with the Coach Position feature.
    2. This will in turn identify how far away they are from their intended coach. ixigo’s AR feature holds a firm grasp over ARKit, Apple’s AR technology toolkit, which delivers engaging experiences through the blend of virtual objects with the real world.
    3. It is important to note that travellers using the ixigo train app will need to grant camera access to the app, then point it at the railway platform. As soon as they do this, the app will overlay coach positions of their train on their phone screen. It is as easy as that.

Other New Features –

ixigo is also rolling out other key updates such as Station Alarm and Rescheduled Trains. These new features will notify users with live updates and instructions to improve their train travel experience. The Station Alarm feature will alert users as they approach their destination station, while the Rescheduled Trains feature will allow users to check if their train is cancelled, diverted or rescheduled. To further enhance the user experience, ixigo has also added a host of iMessage stickers to help users communicate on the go.