Wednesday, July 28, 2021

O-City enables Ivory Coast contactless travel

O-City’s automated fare collection solution is to allow passengers using public transport in Ivory Coast to pay via QR Code, near-field communications and pre-paid cards. 

O-City says transport operators, owners and drivers can also track revenue in real-time and manage their fleets. 

It has hooked up with Moja Ride, a start-up providing a reservation and cashless payment system for transport services in the West African country’s capital Abidjan. 

Moja Ride’s app allows commuters to book and pay for their rides digitally while also enabling transport operators to manage their fleets, routes and payment methods. 

Company founder Jean-Claude Gouesse says the siloed nature of the mobility market with thousands of owners makes it difficult to ensure transparency in terms of pricing and operational management. 

“The dependence on cash as primary fare payment method creates an unsafe and dangerous experience for both riders and drivers,” Gouesse suggests. 

“Through our partnership with O-City, Moja Ride can quickly answer the needs of drivers, riders, the vehicle owners, and the financial institutions that are seeking further transparency to facilitate lending processes.”

“Drivers gain improved efficiency to foster business growth while commuters can use the app to plan their journey and hop on and off public transport faster through digital payments – all while helping to reduce the spread of virus transmission through the handling of cash,” Gouesse adds. 

O-City director Tokhir Abdukadyrov says: “O-City enables tap to pay for travellers using their card or any other means of payment and addresses the response to social distancing requirements and contact-free precautions.”

The Moja Ride app is available in Abidjan, which has more than 35,000 share-taxis and 8,000 minibuses, that are all managed independently. 

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