One of the largest cities public transportation map is redrawn digitally in Ivory Coast, using anonymised mobile data.
This project is part of a competition from Orange (Orange Data for Development).
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They concentrated on bus routes in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city, where the network is made up of 539 large buses, complemented by 5,000 mini-buses and 11,000 shared taxis.
While this data is less accurate than GPS data, it provided enough information for the researchers to conclude that the city needed to add two routes to its existing infrastructure and extend another.
“We found that we could reduce the travel times of people by 10% across the city”