22 April 2019

Kenya: Voltic Africa Plans to Introduce Bus Booking App to Ease Public Transport

Nairobi — The competition for affordable and reliable modes of transport continues as the digital startup Voltic Africa plans to introduce a booking App that allows commuters book bus tickets to and from the Nairobi Central Business District in the next 18 months.

The announcement comes a month after the organization launched a bus booking App I-abiri where travellers can book up to 10,000 bus routes across East Africa.

Chief Executive Officer Voltic Africa Fowzi Ahmed says the systems will be cashless creating convenience where the tickets can also be used for more than one purpose in long or short distance travels.

"Town service is very interesting, and the industry is very complicated, however, we intend to create convenience for our customers not only for the long-distance travelers but also for our town commuters," said Fowzi.

According to the officials, the introduction of a booking app created to suit town commuter needs will help reduce Matatu congestion in the Nairobi CBD.

"Sometimes there is no point of the vehicle moving around when the utilization of the vehicle is not well understood and whether it is making money or not. Once we fully introduce a product for town service the congestion in town will be easily manageable where you can monitor how much money the matatu has made according to the trips and afterward decide if it should or not be on the road," said Fowzi.

Last month, the company introduced the I-abiri mobile application where travellers can find bus route options in East and Central Africa suiting their schedule and budget.

This is inclusive of the Bus Operators Service System where it manages all operations that include buying tickets and buying of spare parts as well.

The application further allows owners to track and monitor what the employee does when in office and on the road that also helps in coming up with statistics for all the employees.

The modern application also gives the owner the privilege to know the profit it is making per route or the manager's ability to manage the bus which he says it will also be adapted in the new town application they are yet to introduce.

Fowzi added that creating the I-abiri took them five years after thorough research and having to design and redesign the system something he says all bus and matatu operators should consider adopting.

"Coming up with such a task and that's why it's important to do research and know what is new in the market, where can we change. This has also helped us in crafting the new application we will introduce soon," he says.


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