Scot Talk

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Description of App

Please ensure your device has the VoiceOver feature switched on when using this app. We would welcome feedback on this first version which will be enhanced over time. -- The Traveline Scotland “Scot Talk” app aims to assist partially sighted users in finding bus stops near any location in Scotland, and also informs users of next bus departures from those stops. Using the iOS VoiceOver function, users are also able to track their bus once on the vehicle, with the next stops being read aloud as the bus progresses along the route. There are two main options to the app: “Nearby stops” and “Favourite stops”. These can be selected by touch gestures or by using voice commands. For example, saying “nearby” or “favourites” once a speak command button has been activated. The Nearby Bus Stops section finds and lists bus stops near the current location. From this list, users can select a stop by triple-tapping on the list, or using voice commands. Once selected, next bus departures for this stop will be read out. Users will hear the bus number, destination and the departure time, for up to ten next buses at the stop. Users can select their desired bus from the list. This will load the full route from that stop until the end of the route. Users can hear all stop names read aloud. Once on the vehicle, users can press a ‘Track’ button to hear the next stops read out as they are approached within 120 metres. Please note that GPS must be enabled on the iPhone for this feature to work. Also, the app detects the device location, not the bus, so users may wish to check with the driver before alighting. The Favourites section also allows users to add bus stops to a list that can be recalled quickly from the main screen of the app. This app uses a deliberately simple interface, and we aim to improve this it over time. Traveline Scotland would welcome user comments and suggestions. Please email any feedback to apps@travelinescotland.com. This will also allow us to reply to you, and obtain more information should we need it.

Version

1.0.0

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

From an accessibility point of view the app is very accessible

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

To start off with it is a great app and mostly does what it is designed to do. However, I would not completely rely on this app as it has a tendency to crash therefore I would still ask your bus driver where you are and when you're supposed to get off the bus. however, it does read out all the bus stops that you're passing on your route, which in my opinion is extremely helpful.

Developer's Twitter Username

@TravelineScot

Recommendations

3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Charlie 6 years 6 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by Macky on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey Brian, thanks for the heads up on the availability of this app. I am in Oban and I think this could come in very handy. Cheers

Submitted by John Gurd on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For the first time ever I've been able to find out my local buses and roughly where the bus stops are. Times of departure are listed. From there you can get a list of all stops on the route. It would be good to have a time after each stop as without it you can't work out roughly how long the journey will take. There is a feature to allow you to speak some screen selections instead of using the touch screen but as you have to find a button to activate it I'm not sure how useful it is. I haven't tried the tracking option yet as I haven't used a bus in years but now I know from and where they go and the times they leave I am seriously thinking of doing so.

Submitted by Charlie on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The concept of this app is great, considering that many of us, in Scotland, do not have verbal announcements on buses, when approaching stops. I will certainly be trying out the Tracking feature of the app. I agree with previous poster's comments. I would add that it would be a major benefit if the app could inform the user when the bus they are waiting for is actually approaching. So many times, I have been at a bus stop with no sighted assistance and, by the time I realise that a bus is there, it has driven past me. When I report such incidents, I'm told that you are supposed to put your hand out to stop a bus, however, this is mighty difficult when you have no useful sight to see such a vehicle in the middle of town.

Submitted by bryan mcglashan on Saturday, April 19, 2014

I.m glad this app has helped before i found it I was using the trekker breeze and land marking bus stops that I had to get off at. I still use this however but this app is an added bonus

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