Google is trying to reduce congestion problem in Nigeria
- July 31, 2019
- Posted by: Lead Contributor
- Category: Uncategorized
Google is trying to reduce congestion problem in one of Africa’s most chaotic cities using the Map.
Transportation in and around Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub and Africa’s largest mega-city, can be complicated and stressful regardless of the mode of transportation as problems range from overpopulation road congestion to poorly maintained road infrastructure and rowdy public transport.
At the annual Google For Nigeria event where new products are being unveiled and which started in 2017, the tech giant announced upgrades to its Map service in Nigeria targeted at easing navigation.
A new “informal directions” interface dedicated to community with public transport buses, known locally as dancefloor yellow bus has now part of the service. Therefore, residents heading from the mainland Lagos to a significant business district in Victoria Island through public transport will see directions for which bus to the board based on routes and bus stops to alight based on the specific destination and real-time traffic congestion data. The interface will also include bus fare estimates and levels of busyness at local bus stops.
This will be a welcome development for the most congested city in Africa.