Traffic jam is becoming a menace in Uganda and drivers need to know which roads are passable or impassable especially during peak hours when every one is leaving the city. However, a new breed of developers in Uganda have launched an app to solve this menace.
Dubbed Roadconexion, the mobile web application, running on all major mobile browsers,lets users submit details of traffic conditions in their area plus the status of the road such as pot holes, accidents, road repairs among others. Other can then access real-time traffic information on the road they intent to use.
Currently available in Uganda only, Roadconexion user’s simply login using their Twitter or Facebook accounts for the first time, after which they receive real-time traffic information from other road users.The App goes head-on against traffic Apps like Waze which as recently bought by Google at $1B and Kenya’s Ma3route except that Roadconexion has started out with a mobile web app to cover even even the most basic feature phones.
Lynn Asiimwe, the lead developer on the project said in a statement to TechMoran that she hates being in traffic and that’s the reason she built the app with her friends. The team is set to roll out a native Android and iOS version of the App in the coming weeks. Users can sign up on the application by visiting www.roadconexion.com on their mobile device or by following trafic updates on Twitter at #rdxug which are then aggregated by the app.
Though going live for the public today, the free app last month won the Tech4Governance hackathon and is hopeful to sign up as many users before it monetizes. It was developed by a team of 8 at Hive Colab in Kampala, a coworking space for innovators.