So fbb was excited as he travelled to Exeter especially to see the new displays. The one (there is only one) in the bus station was adjacent to the travel office and consisted of a large video seen (no yellow/orange dotty letters and number) with departures in time order.
And we don't want anything to do with them, do we?
But fbb was next off to High Street. Here there are only two displays, each for a run of four shelters on each side of the road. The one on the left looked embarrassingly bland as fbb approached.
But, in very general terms, the somewhat hidden screen seemed much as would be expected.
But why are these lists in time order? Do the worthy residents of Exeter turn up at the sign thinking "I am desperate to catch a bus at 1035?" Isn't the usual search for the NEXT service E, for example?
Surely the display should be in route letter order?
Ahh, but ... That's how the non bus passenger program writer has dictated that it should appear; so that's how it has to appear. Right?
Is it picky to complain about arbitrary abbreviations? Is the technology so proscribed as to require incomplete names like this?
What is wrong with ...
And where is Marsh Bart?
Similarly St Leonards Count?
Sounds like a character from Sesame Street!
Has no-one in the Exeter Deep Throat confuser section ever heard of scrolling text?
fbb will return to the accuracy and usefulness of these displays early next week; the analysis will fit nicely with the chubby one's experience of the "bus tracker" facility on the Stagecoach App. At last he has found a location where it works; at least it delivers expected times of buses. Whether these are accurate must wait until the future blog. Guess!
But there is another display to look at. This one is at the opposite end of the other set of shelters on the other side of the High Street.
This time it doesn't face into a shelter. Good. But it faces out on to the road. NOT GOOD!
But this time it was ...
It was good to be back to normal in Exeter; 50% of the screens on the High Street were non-operational.
Isn't technology wonderful?