Six months ago, Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, launched Pigeon to do what the transportation system or transportation app can do, especially in real time,media reported. In short, the app allows commuters to communicate with others about the different status and conditions of subways and buses, alerting them to possible delays, congestion and other factors that can affect their travel time. It’s much like Waze’s crowdsourced reporting function other than for public transport.
Now, however, public transport has become noticeably less stable and continuous as a result of the COVID-19 response. Some places have suspended public transport or restricted passenger capacity for real-time physical distance isolation. For Pigeon, it doesn’t make much sense to continue running.
To the sad thing for Pigeon users, Once public transport returns to normal, The Area 120 has no plans to restore the app.
In addition, Area 120 users should note that all of their data on it will be permanently deleted until July 24, 2020. If they want a copy of the data collected by the app, they need to get it from the app before it closes on June 24.