Updated on July 23, 2019


Created on July 21, 2019


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SafeMotos is a ride hailing platform for cars and motorcycles that uses telematic data to measure real time rider safety.  

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Product Description

SafeMotos is a ride hailing platform developed in Rwanda by Barrett Nash and Peter Kariuki for Africa’s motorcycle and informal taxi market. This smartphone application allows customers to order safe and professional motos directly to a desired pickup location using GPS. The platform uses collected computerized data to ascertain real time rider safety by monitoring the driver’s road conduct and having drivers follow strict driving regulations.


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method


Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

User Provision Model

Users access the service via the SafeMotos app downloaded from the Google Play Store or the App Store.

Distributions to Date Status

10,000+ installs, over 400,000 trips ordered

Design Specifications

The platform is created with products and solutions for specific customer segments, including:

  • Female riders can choose to use female drivers.
  • Direct pickups are available, using location tracking using GPS navigation capabilities.
  • Customers and drivers have profiles for safety and identification.
  • Fare calculation and payment system is integrated to estimate the trip costs and choose the mode of payment.

Technical Support

SafeMotos provides technical support by training the riders at the start as well as periodically. Interview with Manufacturer 

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Driver safety rating of 90 out of 100 or higher

Vetted Performance Status

150 active, vetted drivers


All riders and customers must wear helmets at all times during the rides. Female customers have the option of choosing female riders. Night time rides are well documented in the system for traceability in case of any incidents. Drivers are monitored for speed, accuracy, location, and gyroscopic data and given a safety score out of 100.

Complementary Technical Systems

A smartphone is required to initiate rides

Academic Research and References

Peprah, C., Amponsah, O. and Oduro, C., 2019, A system view of smart mobility and its implications for Ghanian cities, Sustainable Cities and Society, 44, pp. 739-747.

Henama, U.S. and Sifolo, P.P.S., 2017, Uber: The South Africa Experience, African Journal of Hospitality, 6(2), pp. 1-10.

Compliance with regulations

Every rider should have a license from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority. Interview with Representative Drivers are also trained by SafeMotos and must have three years of prior experience before being hired.

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Comments from the Community


  1. noel61 says:

    In the SDG targeted field previous products state the exact SDG word for word , where as here they are discussed relative to the products meets them. Should either method be consistent across products?

  2. noel61 says:

    Should target users field explanation include the word ‘commuters’ or similar rather than entire population?

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