Improving Technology for better transportation

June 17, 2024, by Ulemu Mzungu

Improving Technology for better transportation by Ulemu Mzungu

Transportation is vital in today’s world. It helps people get to various places whether it be; work, school or to do leisure activities or even transporting goods. For some it is relied on quite frequently to get from point A to point B, but what if there could be improvements made to make them safer, comfortable and more convenient.

Technology now plays a pivotal role in transportation in Africa. Ride hailing platforms are gaining a lot of popularity because of the convenience and reliability that they offer. For others, bike sharing programs are another innovation that is growing in popularity among many people. 

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is a program that is being utilized to analyse traffic flow and ease congestion on certain areas. in Egypt, Swvl is being used for the purpose of alleviating traffic congestion and managing travel time to ease concerns of individuals. 

Road traffic is said to have been the most used mode of transport for the near 3.2 million people that travel in Africa each year. With African cities expected to reach nearly 2 billion people by the year 2050, it is imperative that better ways of transportation be made available to people who rely on public transport. Technology advancements are changing the way people in Africa get around. In cities, it is enabling people to travel more efficiently than they have in past years. Technology is also helping to ease traffic congestion and limiting pollution. 

Air travel is becoming a very convenient mode of transport for moving goods and people faster. Over the past few years, it is expected to be increased by 6.5% per year in the next decade. This will also drastically increase the net worth of air travel in the continent. However with one good comes a negative with the rail networks in Africa needing a big improvement. Plenty of the train systems need to be updated with a look at extending routes. 

An increased population in urban areas brings about a higher demand for better and efficient transportation alternatives. With the fast-paced nature in today’s world, Africans want to stay level with others in terms of the ever-changing nature of transportation around other continents. This can be achieved by having better infrastructure, affordable and reliable transportation and being able to move freely is a good start at being able to get up to par with the demands of people.

Transport is a major factor that can affect many people; from getting to work to delivering goods it is important that many forms of transportation be made available to people and also to businesses that require them. The challenge comes when you need to put the plan into action and there is a lack of resources. Therefore it is imperative that solutions can be found to better improve the efficiency in which we can solve the challenge. 

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