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Tap-and-go returns to Kenya’s matatu industry, Africa’s wider minibus taxi industry could be next

Tap-and-go returns to Kenya’s matatu industry, Africa’s wider minibus taxi industry could be next

SETH ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY KENYA'S ubiquitous matatus (minibus taxis) are getting a major tech upgrade as UK-based O-CITY rolls out contactless payment solutions to make commuting hassle-free. This comes seven years after the service's predecessor, Bebapay, Google's ticket-payment system for matatus in Nairobi was terminated, in large part due to push-back from the industry as well as from users. O-CITY - dubbed Lipafare in Kenya - has already digitised payments for more than 10,000 matatus and is upbeat about adoption, asserting its systems are regarded as convenient. "Matatu buses dominate transportation options across the country and are used by…
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