Optibus, a Tel Aviv-based mobility start-up, has joined forces with global mobility advisory company, GoAscendal, to develop tech-driven transport networks in emerging markets.
The GoAscendal-Optibus partnership combines public transport expertise and data collection technology with artificial intelligence (AI) transportation planning products, enabling an integrated offer to plan and optimise services.
The partnership expands Optibus’ cloud-native AI mass transit platform to GoAscendal transport consulting projects worldwide, focusing on quickly urbanising regions including sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and India.
Lack of critical technology
It is forecast that more than four fifths (83 per cent) of the world’s 1.56 billion new urban residents by 2040 will live in these regions, where transport authorities and operators often lack critical technology or expertise to plan and operate public transport, according to the partners.
“By bringing the best AI and planning products into more informal economies, and complementing them with world-class planning expertise, we can support efficient mobility systems from the beginning of their development,” said Justin Coetzee, CEO of GoAscendal.
“We are excited to partner with Optibus to make technology accessible to public and private operators, helping cities leapfrog into the future.”
Backed by Optibus’ platform, GoAscendal said its clients will be able harness the potential of their own data to solve local challenges, such as transportation funding or service efficiency, and develop greener, more equitable transportation systems.