I was scrolling through my Twitter feed recently and I stumbled on an awesome chat bot, it’s called Lara, and it is a virtual chat bot designed like a Whatsapp messenger that helps you get around Lagos.
I did a little digging and I found out that the bot has been around for quite a while. It was designed by the RoadPreppers team – Samuel Adeoye, Nnamdi Nwanze and Ladi Ojora, who saw the need for an app that helps people find their way while using public transport within Lagos. You can read more about them here.
If you are a noob around town for the first time, this app is definitely the best thing since slice bread for you, because all you need to do is get on the app to ask for directions.
In addition, you get an estimate of the total cost of the fare you need to get to your intended destination.
Lara gives you various options while trying to get around Lagos, you can either choose to follow the directions while boarding public buses, or you can opt for an alternative by booking for either a Taxify or Uber, how cool is that?
Lara.ng is an amazing innovation and I think it’s a good idea that could give Google Maps a run for its money (haha) in the long run!
Have a go at the bot here.