The UITP Awards celebrate the most innovative and ambitious sustainable mobility projects undertaken in the last two years in cities and regions around the world.
The 2019 UITP Awards were handed out during the Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm. We sat down with each winning team to learn more about their project and to pick their brains about innovation in the sector.
Winner of the Award “Multimodal Integration”: WEEGO MOBILITY LAB for 'Weego app'
Tell us briefly about your project.
Weego is a user based transport app for developing and emerging countries. In Africa, open data does not exist. In order to give real time arrivals for all the means of transport, we use crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence. Besides that, we analyse how people commute daily and we develop tailored mobility solutions to help populations travel easily in each region.
What are some of this project’s key successes?
We were selected as the best start-up in the MENA region in 2017. Now, we’re helping informal operators in Africa using our solutions to improve transport services.
In what way does this project bring about significant change in the public transport sector?
We’re interested in improving transport services in Africa. First of all by making real time information available to everybody, only using artificial intelligence. Secondly, by making operators shift from paper tickets to mobile ticketing and adopt a unique ticket for all means of transport within the same city.
Thirdly, by analysing how people move on a daily basis, detect gaps in the present transport system, and create adapted mobility solutions autonomously or in partnership with operators.
How does it benefit public transport users?
Users and potential users can increase their use of public transport if they have a better experience of this type of journey. We aim to bridge the first and last mile gap with our adapted mobility solutions. And by providing easy options to commute on a daily basis, we seduce new users to drop off the individual car and use collective means of transport.
What lessons can other organisations/authorities learn from this project?
Organisations and authorities need to make data the centre of all urban development and to better understand users’ expectations. They need to encourage new users to use public transport by suggesting new options and help the current transport system move from fixed schedules to responsive scheduling.
Organisations and authorities need to make data the centre of all urban development and to better understand users’ expectations.
Tell us about any new projects.
With UNESCO, we’ll be helping schools across Africa develop better and affordable means of transport for students.
Stay tuned for more interviews with the remaining winners of the UITP Awards!