While public transit can resuce transportation costs and contribute to a healthier and greener environment, crowded buses, insensitive fellow passengers, and the unfamiliar transit schedule are a few of the challenges faced by UNIST students.
A team of determined young entrepreneurs at UNIST has made getting around the City of Ulsan a lot more convenient and time-efficient for fellow UNISTars. The Startup team consists of 6 enthusiastic UNIST students and includes, KyungHoon Kim (Department of Mathematical Sciences), Sung Joe Kim (School of Business Administration), YeongSeok Kim (Division of General Studies), SeungHoon Lee (Division of General Studies), Han Lee (Division of General Studies), and SunHwa Lee (Division of General Studies).
On March 31, the team announced that they have created and launched their first Android application, SIMAPLE, which offers its users transit information by both route number and location. According to this Startup team, the primary goal of developing this application is to create a quick, yet pleasant and stress-free commuting experience for their fellow students and transit riders.
“We wanted to make public transportation simpler for the local bus travellers with detailed digital transit schedules,” says KyungHoon, who is the representative of this Startup team. He adds, “I believe this app has great potential to make a better public transit system for both UNIST students and local bus riders.”
The team plans to provide more details on pricing and schedule for InterCity Express Bus and KTX Express Trains for their fellow students and transit riders.
SIMAPLE is a real-time application with everything you need to ride local public transit smarter. It was officially released on Tuesday, March 31. As of now, only Android users can download the Korean version of this app. This is a free tool that provides real-time arrival and departure times and displays all nearby bus stops on your mobile phones. The app can be downloaded for free here.