Technology in Transport
Author: Calvin Le Mottée, Director & Co-Founder
A look into technology within Southern Africa
Technology has had a significant impact on public transportation in South Africa. One of the most significant technological innovations in this sector has been the introduction of smart card systems for payment.
Smart card systems allow passengers to pay for their fares using a prepaid card that can be loaded with money and used to swipe through turnstiles or on buses and trains. This system has made it easier for passengers to pay for their fares, as they no longer need to carry cash or wait in line to purchase tickets. It has also made it easier for transportation authorities to manage their finances and track passenger usage.
Another major technological advancement in public transportation in South Africa has been the introduction of GPS tracking systems for buses and trains. These systems allow authorities to track the location and speed of vehicles in real-time, which has helped to improve the efficiency of public transportation networks. It has also made it easier for passengers to know when their bus or train is due to arrive, as many transportation companies now offer real-time tracking information through their websites or mobile apps.
The use of technology has also had an impact on the safety and security of public transportation in South Africa. Many transportation authorities have implemented security measures such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and electronic ticketing systems to help prevent crime and ensure the safety of passengers.
In conclusion, the introduction of technology in public transportation in South Africa has had a significant impact on the convenience, efficiency, and safety of the system. By streamlining payment processes, improving the tracking and management of vehicles, and increasing security measures, technology has helped to improve the overall experience of using public transportation in South Africa.