Lebogang Nkoane, a South Africa-based developer has launched a public transport service route manager application, awayto.be, to ease movement by commuters.
This app will offer the 10 million public transport service user in South Africa, with efficient means of reaching their destinations, and accessible online and on mobile phones including blackberry, android phones as well as iPhones.
It allows commuters to input their location and potential destination, after which the app generates several public routing options, allowing users the opportunity to choose their preferred route.
The developer who is only 36 years ols revealed that the service is currently available in the country’s top cities as they were identified as ideal locations for which the system could be tested.
“Currently, it provides routing in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town city centres as well as Gautrian, ReaVaya and MyCiTI routes. These areas and routes were chosen as the basis for proof of concept and served as the testing grounds for the validity, accuracy, and relevancy of the application,” said the developer.
He further explained that the eventual vision was to provide transport routing in the whole of Africa by mid 2014.
“In the end, I am hoping to realize, as twisted as it will sound, what Cecil John Rhodes wanted to achieve: a way to move from Cape to Cairo preferably using public transport as car ownership is still a distant dream for the majority of our people,” Nkoane added.
He revealed that he worked tirelessly for 9 years to ensure the delivery of a user friendly service, often testing the website himself and on friends who frequently patronize public transport systems.