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6 amazing mobility startups challenging Mexico City’s traffic

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Contxto – With the huge population index that Latin America handles, mobility options must evolve alongside their respective markets. Instead of driving or taking potentially unsafe buses full of passengers, alternatives range from car-hailing, bicycles, all the way up to electric scooters.

According to this scorecard by INRIX, Bogota, Colombia is the worst city in Latin America in terms of traffic. The list takes into consideration many variables including the total amount of hours lost from traffic jams. In Bogota, drivers lost 272 hours due to congestion.

This is a particular issue in Mexico City with 218 hours lost. What residents don’t realize, though, is that alternatives are readily available. This market map presents some of the best mobility options the Mexican capital has to offer.

Check out these six amazing startups revolutionizing the way Mexicans move around the city!

Grin

Grin began operations in mid-2018. By March 2019, it achieved three funding rounds, partnered with Rappi, as well as merged with Brazilian startup, Yellow. The Mexican scooter platform has given us a lot to talk about over the last few months.

Bussi

This rideshare app deploys vans with Wi-Fi on passengers’ commute. When you specify your pickup location and destination, the driver with the best route resembling your trajectory will soon be on their way.

Econduce

Econduce offers electric scooters with a supplemental helmet, insurance, and even driving classes. Through the app, you can locate available devices and pay for trips based on the duration.

Urvban

Urvban is another carpooling service using shared vans. It transports the user from point A to point B with immediate access to the internet along the way. Vehicles are also equipped with surveillance cameras for additional security.

Vbike

The Vbike program works with shared bicycles under a new format. For example, there aren’t any stations or penalties for trips lasting more than 30 minutes. Download the app, unlock the bike and drop it off when you’re finished.

Yaxi

Yaxi’s platform connects users with local taxi drivers. With this, customers can pay with credit/debit card or cash for the user’s convenience.

With so many solutions available in Mexico City, there shouldn’t be any excuses not to reach your destination in a timely yet practical way.

César Miramontes
Communications and digital media professional. Content creator at Contxto and proud producer of our podcast "Entre Titanes". I'm also the one with the Wi-Fi password here.

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