Taxi app Little is set to launch a mass transport service this year that will have its users book seats on
The Kenyan-owned taxi app is set to rival Uber in the sector with their new service dubbed Little Shuttle that will see riders book a seat and board 33-seater minibuses at specific times of the day.
Little is working hand-in-hand with National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) as it’s running its pilot on Kangemi and Nextgen route. According to Craft Silicon founder Kamal Budhabhatti, the service might be a little expensive than Matatus.
“We expect to fine-tune the platform as we pilot and customise it further to solve real city problems. For our pilot and also as we go live, we would be working with partners who have clean bigger buses with a seating capacity of 33 and above,” said Budhabhatti.
“The cost (of Little Shuttle) once we go live would be higher than a Matatu cost and we are not competing with them, rather letting Riders who would otherwise be using their own vehicles for city and work movements.”
The launch comes juts two months after Uber announced it will be launching the service in Nairobi once tests on the product in Egypt and Mexico prove successful.
The two companies are targeting the capital’s commuters who use public service vehicles as a form of transport around the city. PSV have proved distressing over time majorly because of its unpredictability.
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