South Africa’s WhereIsMyTransport secures £1.2m to digitally map the country’s informally run public transport

 WhereIsMyTransport, a public transport data and technology startup founded in South Africa has raised £1.2 million from the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), Goodwell Investments and Bombardier to help it complete the digital mapping of informally run public transport in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas.

This investment follows a £1.165m seed investment it received in August 2016 from Goodwell Ventures, together with the Omidyar Network and Horizen Ventures, as the first closing of a £2 million Seed Round. With an open API, all data is openly available on the WhereIsMyTransport platform for emerging cities.

In a statement Devin de Vries, co-founder and CEO of WhereIsMyTransport said,”Digitalised information enables individuals and organisations to improve access to mobility for millions of people. Completing the mapping of informally run networks in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas is a milestone for WhereIsMyTransport. We invite partners to join us in utilising this data and initiating projects in other cities.”

Data from the Gauteng city region launches on the WhereIsMyTransport platform in August this year, joining Cape Town, East London, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein.

WhereIsMyTransport also announced it has received the International Transport Forum “Promising Transport Innovation Award” and earned a place in the prestigious NewCities “Global Urban Innovators” initiative.

The Promising Transport Innovation Award is offered by the International Transport Forum (ITF) – an intergovernmental organisation with 57 member countries. WhereIsMyTransport was recognised for its innovative use of technology in addressing urban challenges.

José Viegas, Secretary-General of ITF, said:“WhereIsMyTransport is a ground-breaking project that shows the way to the ‘infostructure’ that will drive mobility in the future. Among the many transport-related Big Data projects, it stands out in that it considers informal transport, empowers user choice and encourages developing countries to start thinking about data collection and planning. WhereIsMyTransport has the potential for significant local impacts.”

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