Startup launches Somalia’s first motorcycle hailing app

Somali startup Gulivery has launched a new app called Go! which will connect motorcycle riders in Mogadishu with customers across the country’s capital.

Launched on May Day, the app is expected to bring affordable and convenient transport options to residents of the recovering seaside Somali city.

According to Gulivery, the service is starting out with 20 motorcycles whose drivers will be identified by their yellow helmets and bikes.

Gulivery provides third-party door-to-door services in southern Somalia.

The new app is the first of its kind in the Horn of Africa nation.

As Quartz reports, getting around Mogadishu can be demanding given the poor infrastructure, insufficient street addresses, the absence of reliable public transportation, and increasing urbanisation that is fueling congestion.

The Somali capital is recovering from decades of civil war amid increased traffic in the city.