The Jakarta Palembang Asian Games 2018 organizing committee have inked a deal with GPS navigation and transit app Moovit. Even as no Israeli athlete is allowed in the Asian Games, the app created by an Israeli start-up will be an official partner for the Games.
World’s Most Popular Transit App to Help Three Million Fans Ride Public Transit to Games in Indonesia from Aug 18 to September 2, 2018.
Moovit, the world’s largest urban mobility data and analytics company and the #1 transit app, has been chosen as the official mobility app for the Asian Games (Asiad), to be held 18 August through 2 September 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. The Asiad is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics with teams from 44 countries participating and three million fans expected to attend. Moovit is a free public transit app available on Android, iOS and the web with more than 200 million users in over 2,500 cities in 82 countries, Moovit has stated in a Press release.
The Asiad Steering Committee chose Moovit as its official mobility app because Moovit has the most complete, up-to-date coverage of all modes of transit and lines in Jakarta & Palembang than any other provider. During the games Moovit will include all transit updates and changes and send local citizens and tourists alike notifications of these changes. Also, Moovit’s app is fully localized in 44 languages, including Indonesian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Thai, Bahai Malay, Tagalog, Korean, Hindi, Russian, and Arabic. Moovit provides real-time transit arrivals and directions, trip plans, service alerts and Get Off Alerts. Moovit’s entire interface and data are fully VoiceOver/TalkBack supported to make the app accessible for visually impaired people.
Moovit has extensive experience working with major sporting events as well as cities and municipalities to help people make better use of public transit. Moovit was the official transit app for the city of Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics and collaborated with the UEFA EURO 2016 Fan Guide App to help soccer fans during that competition. Italy’s popular AS Roma football club announced Moovit as its Global Mobility App Partner earlier this year. More than 100 other events, venues and attractions have partnered with Moovit worldwide to help their patrons and fans use public transit.
“We commend the Asiad Steering Committee for working with the best companies in their class to make the Asian Games a truly world-class sports event,” said Moovit Vice President Steve Swasey. “Moovit is committed to ensuring fans have the best possible public transit experience when attending the Games in multiple venues in two Indonesian cities. All over the world people depend on Moovit for their daily transit information, which is why we say, ‘You ride, we guide.’”
Global Mobility App Partner earlier this year. The company said it has partnered with more than 100 other events, venues and attractions worldwide to help their visitors and fans use public transit.
Various Israeli media reports have highlighted the ambiguity of the deal with an Israeli company when Israel has been banned in Asian Games since 1981 for geopolitical reasons. The Jewish state has participated in five Asian Games edition from 1954 to 1974.