Good morning GoMetropolitans!
Well, January’s almost over – but that means one of the most exciting months of the year for mobility is about to start… February is the time of the ‘MaaS Market Concept to Delivery’ conference in London – the largest mobility conference in the world.
Thinking about MaaS Market taking place in Europe so soon has made us think about how Africa – South Africa in particular – is giving the Europeans a run for their money in terms of being the leading change agent in the world in the mobility sector.
To get you in the same vibe, we’ve rounded up some of the latest awesome mobility developments for SA and the continent:
Volkswagen likes to move it move it
Yesterday, Volkswagen SA announced to the press that it has launched a subsidiary company in Kigali to build cars and provide the country with transport services such as car-sharing and Uber-style ride-hailing. According to what they told the press, “the integrated mobility concept will be a first for the VW group anywhere in the world.” Rwanda is one of the fastest growing, most promising sub-Saharan African economies with some of the best policies for doing business, so this could be really major for an already rapidly developing country – not to mention major for Voklkswagen as well. The ‘people’s cars’ indeed!
… And so does Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed the first details of its new, third-generation Sprinter, set to come to our shores in 2019. Mercedes SA said that ”
features include the comprehensive introduction of driving assistance systems and connectivity services in combination with new telematics for fleet management… We want to offer the most suitable mobility solution for every sector and for every transport assignment. And that is precisely our focus with the upcoming Sprinter generation as an overall system solution.”
We’ve been working on the railways
Meanwhile, in Tanzania, the government has a plan to construct a Railway Network to provide public transportation within the city. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable mobility and efficiency within Dodoma Capital City. Such commuter rail services shall result in reduced vehicle occupancy, travel times, costs and pollution and, in turn, lead to more economic benefits of the city and its residents. Things will move fast too – Tanzania expects this to be complete within 9 months!
And then there’s us!
As we mentioned last week, GoMetro has been accepted into a UK business support programme, the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator. What we didn’t say last week was how huge this is – the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is a six-month programme for start-ups with office space, an investor network and mentors all included!
The programme is a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult and Wayra UK. Their goals are to attract start-ups, with high-growth potential, into the UK transport supply chain, and support them to grow into big international firms. The focus is on companies using an evidence-backed approach to solve transport problems like congestion.
This comes directly as a result of GoMetro’s travelling to the UK in May 2017, as part of a trade mission of the Western Cape Government and Wesgro. Well done us!
Those are just some of the super exciting things happening in how our African cities are changing the way we move. Viva Africa, viva!