How tech startups are making public transport in African cities more efficient

The Kenyan capital Nairobi is among the 10 most congested cities in the world, with the average commute time standing at 57 minutes – mostly as a result of heavy personal vehicle use and slow public transport services. 

Approximately 8,000 new vehicles appear on the roads each month, an unsustainable volume but growth that is only encouraged by the fact Nairobi lacks a quality public transport system, with “matatus” (minibus taxis) perceived as unsafe, unreliable, and uncomfortable.

As with other problems, local tech startups believe they have the answers. One of those is Data Integrated, which provides digital technology-based solutions in the informal public transport space and last year secured funding from Toyota Tsusho.

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