Global ride-hailing firm Uber is considering getting involved in a public bus transit system operating in one of Africa’s largest cities, Lagos.
The Silicon Valley-based firm is already in talks with city transport officials in the Nigerian financial hub, though it is not yet clear how exactly Uber will approach the opportunity, according to TechPoint Africa.
Uber Bus, a minibus version of the ride-hailing company’s service, is operational in Cairo and works in a similar way to requesting a car. The firm’s mobile app lets users reserve their seats on a fleet of air-conditioned Uber-owned buses which frequently run along popular routes, according to Uber’s website.
By selecting the bus option, the closest route is reserved for the user and walking directions are presented to help the user reach the bus pickup point. They then pay by cash or within the app when they enter the bus.
Built on a massive lagoon, the city of Lagos has a population of 22 million people. City streets are notoriously congested with traffic.
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