South African startup WhereIsMyTransport has mapped the formal and informal public transport systems of Gaborone, Botswana, and East London, South Africa, making the data available for anyone to use.
The startup last year secured investment of GBP1.165 million (US$1.5 million) to fund a new transit API, a new open information platform that collates transit data for formal and informal services and combines it with analytics capability and communication tools.
With the mapping of Gaborone and East London, the WhereIsMyTransport platform now supports 20 cities across Africa and the Middle East.
The data will allows developers, transport operators and government officials to build solutions such as journey planners, fare estimators, communications tools and connected digital signage.
WhereIsMyTransport will continue collecting taxi network data in South African cities including Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Bloemfontein, all due to be complete by mid-2017.
The company is also in discussions with cities and local partners with the intention of fully mapping 20 African cities by the end of 2018, and already holds data on informally-run networks in Accra, Ghana, and Nairobi, Kenya.