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WhereIsMyTransport maps 50 cities on four continents, becoming the first company to provide full-coverage mobility and POI data for major emerging-market cities

WhereIsMyTransport maps 50 cities on four continents, becoming the first company to provide full-coverage mobility and POI data for major emerging-market cities 

  • The milestone underlines the company’s position as the no.1 data provider for these markets, using complete, accurate data to unlock opportunities in high-growth regions—for the first time. 

London, May 05 2022: Technology leader WhereIsMyTransport has achieved its milestone mapping of 50 cities in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Europe, and Asia, becoming the first company in the world to offer high-quality mobility and location data in all of these markets. The company started mapping public transport in South Africa in 2016 before expanding globally to become the central source of data for high-growth, emerging markets. 

WhereIsMyTransport has improved the visibility of mobility networks and emerging economies through its Transit Data, Point of Interest Data, and Real-Time Alerts. Accelerated by client successes with Google Maps, World Bank, GIZ and TUMI, as well as a strategic investment from Google, Samsung Ventures, Toyota Tsusho and others, its global team of 130 people have produced over 1.1M km of public transport network data and millions of other data points. 

Over the past five years, the company has tailored its data management platform to emerging markets, expanded its offering, and scaled its data production operation—its first 25 cities totalled a population of around 50 million people, its second 25 over 150 million. The milestone 50th city is Bandung, Indonesia, joining Mexico City, Bangkok, Dhaka, Dar es Salaam, and dozens more in the company’s global data coverage. 

WhereIsMyTransport’s regionalised operating model is underpinned by world-class innovation, enabling scalable data production. Their team of data and technology experts work with local GIS professionals, deploying a cutting-edge, custom-built data management platform to simultaneously map and continuously update data in many of the world’s most dynamic cities. 

“This milestone further consolidates our position as the world's leading provider of high-quality data for emerging markets,” says Devin de Vries, CEO and Co-Founder of WhereIsMyTransport. “For our partners, our global coverage is integral to their entry into high-growth, emerging markets, helping them scale with the undisputed best data provider.” 

This announcement follows the April launch of groundbreaking new updates to its consumer product Rumbo, which already has over 500,000 users in Mexico City, Lima, and Bangkok. 

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About WhereIsMyTransport 

WhereIsMyTransport is an industry-leading technology company and central source of mobility and location data for emerging markets. Working in-field in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Europe, and Asia, WhereIsMyTransport produces and maintains unrivalled Transit Data, Point of Interest (POI) Data, and Real-Time Alerts offering. The company's data assets improve the public transport experience for its consumer product users and help clients develop new businesses in high-growth markets. WhereIsMyTransport started in South Africa, is headquartered in London, and has a globally distributed team. www.whereismytransport.com/data

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About Naspers

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

In South Africa, Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the technology sector and is committed to building its internet and ecommerce companies in the country. These include Takealot, Mr D Food, Superbalist, OLX, Autotrader, Property24 and PayU, in addition to Media24, South Africa’s leading print and digital media business.

Naspers is also focused on stimulating South Africa’s local tech sector through Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment vehicle that invests in early-stage technology companies that seek to address big societal needs. To help address youth unemployment in impoverished communities, in 2019, Naspers launched Naspers Labs, a development programme that provides young people with the training and skills to pursue tech careers. Naspers has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and a secondary listing on the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN). 

For more information, please visit www.naspers.com.

About Naspers Foundry

Naspers Foundry is a R1.4 billion early-stage business funding vehicle dedicated to growing South Africa-focused technology companies. In 2019, Naspers Foundry invested R30 million in SweepSouth, an online home and business cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable cleaners. For more information visit www.sweepsouth.com

In May 2020, Naspers Foundry invested R100 million in Aerobotics, an agritech company that provides tree crop health and yield intelligence data to the agricultural industry using drone and satellite-enabled AI technology. For more information visit www.aerobotics.com

In November 2020, Naspers Foundry invested R45 million in online learning platform, The Student Hub. The company helps overcome the constraints of limited physical infrastructure and related resources by partnering with government accredited Technical and Vocational Education and Training (“TVET”) colleges to help them deliver their courses online. For more information visit https://www.thestudenthub.co.za

In June 2021, Naspers Foundry invested R42 million in mobility technology company WhereIsMyTransport. The company maps formal and informal public transport networks 4 and uses this data and technology to improve the public transport experience for millions of consumers in high-growth megacities globally. For more information visit https://www.whereismytransport.com

Naspers Foundry invested R34 million in digital short-term insurance advice platform, Ctrl in July 2021. Ctrl provides a unique tech solution to the short-term insurance industry and consumers through its platform, connecting consumers, brokers and insurers in one place. The platform enables brokers to provide insurance advice digitally and allows underserved consumers to easily compare multiple quotes, obtain advice, accept cover and manage their policies. For more information visit https://www.takectrl.co.za

In August 2021, Naspers Foundry, announced a R120 million (US$8.3m) investment in Naked, the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven insurtech company that offers a new, fully digital way for consumers to insure their cars, homes, and valuables. For more information visit: https://www.naked.insure

In December 2021, Naspers Foundry invested R54 million (US$3.4m) in car subscription company, Planet42. Planet42 addresses transport inequality by offering an inclusive car subscription service to customers who typically cannot access traditional bank credit. For more information visit: https://planet42.com/za/

In February 2022, Naspers Foundry, announced a R15 million (US$1M) investment in Floatpays, an on-demand earned wage access platform that helps customers build financial wellness. For more information visit: https://www.floatpays.co.za.

Naspers Labs

Naspers Labs is a youth development programme designed to transform and launch South Africa’s unemployed youth into economic activity. Naspers Labs is evolving their offering to focus on digital skills and training, enabling young people to pursue tech careers.

Naspers for Good

Naspers for Good is a corporate philanthropy fund administered by a committee of employees in South Africa. Through the fund, Naspers forms partnerships with organisations that have a proven track record of delivering solutions for the most pressing challenges affecting our communities. Email [email protected] for more information.

Response to COVID-19

Naspers contributed R1.5 billion of emergency aid in support of the South African government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This contribution consisted of R500 million towards the Solidarity Fund, and R1 billion worth of PPE sourced and distributed to South Africa’s front-line healthcare workers. In addition, Naspers contributed R6.9 million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s EachOne FeedOne programme to support families who have been impacted by Covid-19 with meals for a year.

About Naspers

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

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