Weego (startup)

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Short description: Weego serves three main actors of public transport – buses, tramways and large taxis – enabling users to find all transportation options available to them, keep an eye on arrivals in real-time, and share their position once they are on public transport to assist others.

Full description: The problem: In Africa, very few agencies have a bus park equipped with a geolocation system, and in the majority of cases the service is poor. Achieving a fleet of connected buses is the last concern of the companies.Thus: unknown waiting time, unknown transportation options, and unknown station locations.

The solution: Weego serves three main actors of public transport – buses, tramways and large taxis – enabling users to find all transportation options available to them, keep an eye on arrivals in real-time, and share their position once they are on public transport to assist others. It is a collaborative application that solves two key problems with public transport, namely waiting time and optimizing the choice of transport.

State of development: Launched in 2018, Weego allows its users to track buses & trams in real time and check their time arrivals. Downloadable on iOS and Android, the application is “collaborative” as the collection of information is done through users through their GPS. In return, they receive various gifts, such as phone recharges or coupons. To avoid the lack of data sharing in real time, the creator of Weego decided to integrate in the application “machine learning”. Weego is now also used in other cities across Morocco and Dakar.

Business Model: Weego has built a collaborative business model where the user can use the app for free if he contributes to tracking the means of transport and helps the community, or pays a subscription of US$2 a month through the purchase of a normal telephone refill.

Ambitions: Weego is a collaborative transit app that aims to make travel by public transportation easier in the different cities and towns of Africa. The startup wants to provide people with a feature in the transit app to allow them to map bus lines and stops in any African city by themselves so that they can move better Achievements: Weego was named “Best Startup in Morocco” for its innovative solution in 2018. In Dakar, it now has 74 operational bus lines, with a strong user base via word of mouth.

In the context of Digital Solutions in Africa: Google Maps is an alternative in some African capitals, but it is based on theoretical arrival times that are never respected, and that makes it not reliable at all.

Appreciation: Weego is a collaborative app that allows all its users to move easily with public transit, was named . People in Dakar and Marrakech can now track buses and share real-time arrivals with all connected users.

To know more: https://www.arabnet.me/english/editorials/events/competitions/weego-wins-best- startup-in-morocco-at-seedstars-casablanca- http://disrupt-africa.com/2018/07/transit-app-weego-heads-to-morocco-after-dakar- launch/ https://www.seedstarsworld.com/company/60893 https://urban-transport-magazine.com/en/uitp-awards-2019-the-15-winners/

Text prepared by Joseph Semuju

Tags: transit, Movin'On LAB Africa (OMA)

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