Yesterday, I took a ride on the wild side – on a light rail transit. Here’s where you get your pockets picked, butt pinched and bag snatched – so I was warned. Thankfully, nothing like that happened even with me holding out my iphone as bait. People just turned away when I pointed the phone at them – was like vampires cowering away from a cross.
The traffic in Kuala Lumpur has gone from bad to worse or has it always been like this? I had to meet some friends in Mid Valley yesterday and I thought I’ll take the LRT instead. Last time I rode on the LRT was more than five years ago. Not knowing the train system very well, I downloaded KL Trains from the app store. I can tell you that $0.99 is a lot to pay for this app. More complicated subway maps for the iPhone are available for free. What would really add value is live notification of when a train is down and it could easily be accomplished with a feature to let users report it through the app. Other features I could think of are:
1. Letting your friends and family know where you are like Silent Bodyguard. $0.99
2. If you should fall asleep on the train, Wake Me Up Anywhere will turn on the alarm when you’re near your destination so that you don’t miss it. $1.99
3. Automatic check in to Foursquare at every train station, this may be spam to some but it’s actually a good way of telling whoever you’re meeting at a destination that you’re getting closer. No app for this yet but is it that hard to build? Once you check in to a train station, the app can pretty much remove every venue that’s not a train station and check you in to the station automatically, broadcasted to twitter or facebook or both.
And for the near future, I’d like to carry less cash and pay for my train tickets with PayPal or in some mobile currency.