Inspirational African Women: 22yr old Leslie Ossete talks about her innovative Bus App taking over Nairobi
- Published: Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00
- Sourced by SolutionsTeam
Magic Bus Ticketing is an offline ticketing system that makes use of SMS and USSD services to allow commuters to interact with bus drivers in African cities and access relevant information regarding the local public transport. By dialing a shortcode on their mobile phones, users are able to see when the next bus is coming and how much it will cost, pay for their bus fares using mobile money, choose their pick-up and drop-off destinations and, in the near future, pre-book seats.
The start-up’s aim is to optimise the public transport system (shorter waiting times, lower fares, standardised schedules) and ultimately connect commuters to bus drivers to the benefit of both parties. The company currently operates only in Nairobi, but plans to expand to the rest of east Africa by 2018. Leslie Ossete (22), one of the four co-founders, briefed How we made it in Africa on starting Magic Bus and how the company plans to, as Ossete put it, become “Uber for buses”.