FlightStats, leading provider of global flight information, has launched the FlightStats Flex APIs to put FlightStats’ rich data in the hands of third-party developers. The product is a suite of APIs that allows developers access to a variety of flight/airport data (i.e. flight status in near real-time, flights in progress tracking, map-based tracking, flight schedules and availability, and airport information). FlightStats’ data covers 99.5% of U.S. flights, and more than 80% of commercial flights worldwide.
Bike sharing, a common form of collective transportation outside the US, has started gaining traction in the US. A recent addition to the bike sharing scene, viaCycle, approaches the market differently than its competitors and hopes that its innovative approach will make it the Zipcar of bike sharing. viaCycle differentiates itself by combining the community aspect of bike sharing with “cutting edge IT.” Within the IT competitive advantage lies the viaCycle API available for third-party app development.
Planning a trip, whether just down the road or into the next city, normally revolves around the distance of the desired location. It’s common practice to search for the distance between two points on a map, then take a rough guess as to how long it will actually take to get there. But we all know that distance isn’t the only factor to consider. What about mode of transport, peak traffic hours or alternate routes? All these can dramatically affect how long it actually takes to get to your destination. This post will discuss how iGeolise’s Travel Time and the Travel Time API changes the way people search and the results that are produced.
Urbanesia, the leading Indonesian lifestyle directory website, announced the launch of an open API. The open API enables third-party developers to incorporate Urbanesia’s location data into third-party apps. The API allows developers to retrieve location data generally or in categories (e.g. restaurants, tourist spots, etc.). Selina Limman, Urbanesia CEO, commented: “We hope Urbanesia’s API can increase the developers’ creativity as they can [now] focus more on application development rather than data collection.”
In January, OnStar announced an API would allow third party developers to integrate their applications with OnStar’s platform. Last week, General Motors announced its first partner for API integration: RelayRides. RelayRides is “[t]he world’s largest peer to peer carsharing marketplace.” The partnership with GM allows OnStar users to leave their keys in their cars when renting a car to a fellow RelayRider. The renter can then unlock the car with a smartphone app or by responding to a text message.
SITA, the leading IT provider to the air transport industry, invited airlines and developers to join them in launching an API program, including the SITA Boarding Pass API, to increase efficiency and innovation in air transport. SITA’s research technology team, SITA Lab, launched developer.aero last week in hopes “to enable airlines, airports and other industry players to extend existing IT processes by harnessing the application developer community to provide new apps for the industry and world travelers.”
Popcarte is a service for consumers, taking their uploaded photo and turning it into a card of the customer’s choosing, from postcards to invitations to thank you notes, to special occasions, and then mails it out worldwide. The Popcarte API lets developers integrate the service into their apps.
Transport for London (TfL) expanded the open Transport for London API last week to include real-time data on bus information. Bus information that is usually posted in bus shelters is now available via the API. TfL already uses the data feeds that will be available via the API for its internal SMS service and TfL website. Londoners have already benefited from available data via text message updates regarding bus schedules. Now, developers outside TfL gain access to the same data TfL texts to Londoners on a daily basis.
In 2011, we learned that even our cars and trucks were going “social” when Salesforce.com announced its partnership with Toyota. However, the social capabilities of the partnership were limited in scope (car diagnostics, tune up reminders, etc.). What if your car could prevent you from driving a certain route because it knew what areas were traffic-heavy? That car sounds “social” in a fuller sense; it might be possible with the new Beat the Traffic API.
WorldMate, the world’s largest mobile itinerary management and booking service, launched the WorldMate API this week. The e-mail parsing API extracts travel data (e.g. confirmation e-mails, key travel information, airport codes, etc.) and sends the information back to the developer’s platform. Providing such information opens WorldMate’s data to a new realm of applications. WorldMate has already seen adoption from developers outside the itinerary management and booking space. Early examples include expense reporting, flight status, and compliance apps. WorldMate CEO, Jean Tripier, commented: “We are overwhelmed with the immediate popularity of the API across a wide spectrum of developers.”