Auto rickshaws also called tricycles or Keke (Yoruba word for bicycle) in Nigeria are one of the ways to quickly navigate traffic on the nation’s roads. The vehicles which are also known as Keke Marwa have been traced back to the government of Mohammed Buba Marwa, who was the military Governor of Lagos State from 1996 to 1999. He is credited for being the first to launch them as a commercial means of transport in Nigeria. They however became popular when former President Olusegun Obasanjo distributed 2000 units in Abuja in 2011 under the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) which is why some people call them Keke NAPEP. Being able to drop people closer to their homes, low maintenance costs and employment of low-income earners are some of the things that make auto rickshaws great.
Auto rickshaws are quite popular in South Asia (also called tuk tuk) especially India where the largest manufacturer and seller of auto rickshaws Bajaj Auto hails from. Auto rickshaw hailing apps already exist across the world. There’s Jugnoo, Ola and AutonCab which are all Indian apps. Popular ride hailing company Uber has also launched its own auto rickshaw hailing Click here to read entire article
Source:: Tech Cabal