Navigating New York City’s subway system is about to get a whole lot easier. Later this year, 90 47-inch touchscreen maps will be installed at various stations throughout the five boroughs. The best route to your destination will appear on the screen by simply touching the subway station on the map.
The “On The Go” kiosks, a partnership between the New York City MTA and Control Group, will also provide a countdown to train arrival, relevant service updates, delays and outages. The kiosks are also outfitted with video cameras, mics and Wi-Fi, enabling two-way communication during emergencies, a feature that would have proven useful during Hurricane Sandy.
The Wi-Fi will also enable cell phone users to access the Internet and stream content. Tourist attractions and points of interest will be featured according to the weather (i.e. The Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Central Park for the winter) or popularity (i.e. Times Square). With kiosks planned for installation at New York’s 400+ subway stations, tourists (and jaded New Yorkers) will soon be able to rejoice.