Going to the Rio Olympics? There's an Israeli App for That

The Israeli app Moovit will provide 1.5 million local users and 500,000 visitors with the quickest and safest routes to travel throughout the Paralympic and Olympic games in Brazil this summer.

The Israeli app Moovit will guide tourists and local residents to the fastest and safest routes to and between competition venues and also through the entire city of Rio during the Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer.
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An Israeli app will guide tourists and local residents to the fastest and safest routes to and between competition venues and also through the entire city of Rio during the Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer.

Moovit will provide real-time information in 35 languages on the fastest public transportation routes – buses, trains, subway, light rail transport, ferry boats and cable cars – to some 1.5 million current local users and another 500,000 visitors, according to  Rio’s official tourism website.

Fifty kilometers of new lines have been mapped with traffic information in order to make transit during the Rio 2016 Olympics smoother. The Israeli startup, dubbed “the Waze of public transportation,” will work based on data provided by the Rio municipality database.

“Our city advances in the use of technology through this partnership, which will allow not only the Olympic spectators but also the whole population to access a multimodal travel planner with real-time information. This is a great achievement for the Games and will remain as its legacy,” said Rio’s Secretary of Transportation Rafael Picciani.

The Israeli technology will also offer resources to the visually impaired, making all screens accessiblevia a system where all keystrokes can be heard with a touch.

“Contributing to the Olympic Games is directly connected to our commitment to leverage the experience of users when using public transport. It’s the perfect opportunity to contribute to Rio by helping solve one of the city’s biggest challenges,” Moovit CEO Nir Erez said.

With over 30 million users worldwide, Moovit is edited by Tranzmate, an Israeli company founded in 2011 and based in Ness Tziona.