utrecht - Next year, travelers should be able to find free seats on the train. An additional application in the NS app travel planner that allows this is the newest weapon in the fight against irritations in the crowded peak.
This technique is based on existing sensors in the track, which weigh freight trains for compensation and maintenance. But they can also be used to automatically weigh passenger cars.
'Based on the average weight of a traveler and the number of seats, you immediately know how many people are on the train and where exactly they are. If you link that information to the Travel Planner app, you'll see on your smartphone, where there's still a lot of space, 'said the appellant.
These inventors are data analysts Sophie Verberne and Cyriana Roelofs, who made their idea in a match for NS.