Digital Matatu

Collaborative mapping for informal public transport

Project description

In Nairobi, more than 2 million trips are made every day and more than 700,000 people use matatus, minibuses operated by many private operators. Matatus are constantly adapting to demand and therefore there is no precise transport plan. The Digital Matatu project relies on the contributions of Matatu users, in a crowdsourcing approach, to collect massive amounts of quality data on urban mobility. From their smartphones, users geolocate the transport lines they use and record minibus schedules. The artisanal transport mapping project was led by a group of universities (University of Nairobi, MIT and Columbia).

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Project summary

  • Organization Matatu, University of Nairobi, Massachussets Institute of Technology, University of columbia
  • Location Kenya
  • Creation date 09/05/2019
  • Project category Smart CitySmart-mobility
    • Geo-tracking system
    • Public transports

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