It’s been one week since our big day, since GoMetro launched the app that could change the way people move worldwide – and still the excitement lives on.
For those who have been under a rock, on 15 May GoMetro announced it is partnering with international technology distribution and development firm, GMG Technology, domiciled in Mauritius, to launch the transport mapping and data collection platform, GoMetro Pro, to the global markets through a distribution, product development and internationalization agreement.
GoMetro Pro has a self-service platform – so users anywhere in the world can log in and build their own projects themselves. And because the system works with the data that’s there on the ground, no matter how chaotic, you can turn any unscheduled, highly informal transport system in any country into one that’s scheduled, on-demand and thus convenient, and fully operational in real time. It may well be the great equaliser of public transport systems worldwide, lessening the gap between ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ with just one platform.
Needless to say, it’s the first of its kind and it’s a game-changer. Globally.
While we can’t reveal any details of the long line of people already wanting to use the mighty new Pro and all the places they may improve, we can indulge in some wishful thinking. So, without further ado, here are some of the cities we hope will be changed for the better by GoMetro Pro:
Mexico’s capital has widely been voted the mot congested city in the world. Hefty amounts of car ownership combined with poor road planning and infrastructure and a ton of air pollution mean that city inhabitants can spend four hours in traffic a day. Not cool. TomTom, the US version of Garmin, did a survey in 2016 that measured congestion in the midst of various cities’ morning commutes. Mexico City came out at 96 percent. Because a lot of this is down to a severe lack of highways (only 1000km in the whole city according to TomTom) we’re hoping someone will use the Pro to help out thee poor people.
This is a city where GoMetro could seriously help, as a lot of the traffic is down to increasing car ownership. Another reason for the traffic? Apparently, Bangkok’s average driver behaves like one of our minibus taxi drivers on the road, meaning it’s not uncommon to stop in the middle of a road, or intersection, if you want to. One study estimated that commuters spend about 91% more time than they should on their morning commute, and 118% extra time on their evening one. So yeah, these guys need help.
If you don’t often think of Europe when you imagine bad road infrastructure, then you’ve obviously never been to this city in Romania. Crowned the worst traffic of the whole continent, this city’s woes are down to bad decisions in traffic policy by the government. Talk about bad decision-making: not only are train and bus systems unreliable where they exist, but Bucharest loses out on the funds that could be used to build better systems by making parking free everywhere in the city. So, unlike most of Europe, everyone drives to work and they’re surprised when there’s congestion.
China’s equivalent of Johannesburg, this enormous business capital houses a whopping 30 million residents in its metropolitan area, many of whom spend up to 94% more time commuting than they need to. According to Worldatlas.com, the city is full of a labyrinth of confusing road networks and tunnels. These complicated street patterns have been partly blamed for congestion issues, as the street network includes bridges which are impossible to avoid.
According to Inrix’s annual global traffic scorecard, LA is the world’s number one worst traffic destination. According to the study, the city’s commuters spent an average of 102 hours last year in traffic jams during peak congestion hours in 2017. With many residents complaining of a less-than-efficient rail system and a city centre too spread out for walking or cycling, these people could definitely use the Pro.
Johannesburg and Durban
Inrix also put South Africa as tie with Brazil in spot 7 for the worst countries in the world in terms of traffic. To put that in perspective, Brazil’s Sao Paulo sees commuters spend 22% of their driving time in traffic, about 86 hours during peak times in 2017. With amazing work having been done by GoMetro Pro in Cape Town and Rustenburg already, we’d love to sink our teeth into the two other biggest cities in SA and work our magic.
Where would you like to go Pro? Let u know and, as always, have great weeks!