If you have ever tried to plan a long journey, you would know how much it is a headache to compare your travel options. This problem sharply comes into focus when you want to spend the least amount of money to get to Point A to Point B is the least possible time, while making sure you’re not being fleeced.
Cleartrip, the popular online ticketing service has come up with a very innovative way to this problem with its new portal called WayToGo. WayToGo is a travel mode comparison service crafted with help from Rome2Rio, a startup based in Melbourne, Australia that organizes the transportations systems of the World.
WayToGo has a very intuitive interface that asks the user to provide the ‘From’ and ‘To’ locations, and an optional date of departure. It then searches for all the possible modes of transportation available and show the user the shortest route in doing so. This is especially useful for complex routes where you might have to use different modes of transportation to get from point A to point B.
The portal is connected to the Cleartrip database, meaning you can compare between the costs of travel between different airlines, trains and buses on that particular day. WayToGo allows you to explore travel routes anywhere in the world and within a city. You can just as easily search for the best way to travel from Kothrud to Kalyani Nagar in Pune as you can for the best way yo travel from New Delhi to Mexico City.
The main feature that sets Housing apart from other web-based real estate search portals is the use of maps with a POI (Point of Interest) based search to make comparisons easy for the user. You can search for locations on rent/sale within a distance range from a POI and the results will show up as markers on the map. The special thing about these markers is that they come up as labels with the size of the house (1RK / 1BHK / 2BHK, et al) and hovering over a marker shows the rent/price of the place and whether it’s unfurnished / semi-furnished / furnished.
If you find the size and price tag good enough, you can click on the marker to show more detailed information about the place. This is where Housing.co.in obliterates the opposition. Not only does every entry have a series of photographs and list of features, but also an option to show the places of interest nearby such as banks / ATMs, schools, nightlife, liquor stores, shopping malls and a dozen more categories. Clicking on each category actually shows these features on the map so you get a sense of how far the closest facility is to the location.
Technologically, Housing uses a custom styled Google Map as the basemap with custom markers and the use of buffers to query their database. The interface is quite similar in look and feel to the new Google Maps which makes it very intuitive. They also have an in-house Data Science lab where they constantly improve on their database. You can also find a Housing.co.in app on the Google Play store, which already has a decent number of users and a high approval rating.
Currently, the service is available in most of the NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore. If you are searching for a place to live in any of these cities, I highly recommend you use their service. I know I will.