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Startups such as Autowale use mobile apps and text messages to make it easier to locate rickshaws in Bangalore and other Indian cities, the New York Times reports.
In a few months, drivers in Chennai will be able to use smartphones to pay for 2,000 parking spots, The Hindu reports.
When the M-money system debuts in early 2014, users will be able to securely store money on phones and make payments with text messages.
Twende Twende (Swahili for “Let’s go, let’s go”) offers instant updates on road conditions and alternate routes, New Scientist reports. It’s an alternative to traffic apps that require GPS-enabled smartphones, something most Kenyans don’t have.