Kenyan online startup that provides real time crowdsourced information on urban navigation Ma3Route has announced the launch of a new version of its Android mobile app, to provide users with a live map and boost user experience, Disrupt Africa has reported.
The popular navigation app used for traffic updates and road conditions allows commuters to share information on the condition of the road.
The app filled an important gap given that Kenyan’s are increasingly spending more time on the road as traffic jams increase and new roads are built making transport a key sector.
The startup said its revamped application allows all road users to get the right information, in the right way, at the right time, so they can enjoy a better commuting experience within their city. It also makes it easier for people to share updates with the rest of the online community.
“With this new version of our free mobility service, it’s never been faster to share and access useful real-time information on road conditions in Kenya, and to get to where we need to go more efficiently,” the Ma3Route team said.
The app introduces a more user-friendly interface along with a number of new features, including an improved traffic search functionality that allows traffic updates to be filtered by road name, proximity and timeframe. If they enable their location, users can get the traffic alerts that are relevant to them, including through voice.
Ma3Route has also added a live traffic map, making it possible to visualise the various categories of posts as they happen. User posting has also been streamlined, allowing users to share traffic updates that include category, description, picture and location, making their contribution even more contextual.
Live updates are displayed according to the various road conditions – traffic jam, accident or general information. In addition, a dynamic view of road traffic is available for selected areas.